How to Repent from Having Affairs With Wife Before Marriage?

14 August, 2020
Q As-salamu `alykum. I had some affairs with a girlfriend, and later we got married but before I married her, I really regretted why I got into illegal relationship and repented. But she repented only after the marriage but not too about the sin and normally neglected her compulsory duties as a Muslim like praying. So, actually, I want to know the best way to get out of this mess either divorce or any other solution.

Answer

Wa `alaykum as-Salamu wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh.

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.


In this fatwa:

ِِِِ1- Muslim should guide people, especially wives and kinships, to virtue and piety rather than abandoning them.

2- Therefore, you should lead your wife to virtue, as you had shared her in the previous bad experience.


In responding to your question, Sheikh Ahmad Kutty, a senior lecturer and an Islamic scholar at the Islamic Institute of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, states:

How to repent from adultery

The fact that you had lived a life of sin prior to your marriage does not render your marriage automatically invalid, neither the fact that your wife is neglectful of her prayers.

Since you had been partly responsible for her to lead a sinful life, now that you have felt remorseful should not make you feel self-righteous and look down on her. Rather, you may do well to feel sorry for her condition and try your best to save her; this is best done through understanding and encouragement more than through coercion, intimidation, or threat of divorce. The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) taught us to show mercy towards those who are exposed to tests.

Therefore, it is better in this case for you to be instrumental in guiding your wife to Islam rather than abandoning her. Your marriage is still valid even though you doubt whether she has repented.

I understand she is not persisting in sins. Both of you sinned, and both of you need to repent and beg for the mercy of Allah. Prayer indeed is the most fundamental pillar of Islam; it is your responsibility now, even as you have encouraged her to sin, to lead her on to a life of virtue.

Remember the words of the Prophet (PBUH),

Should a single person be guided to the straight path through your efforts that would be even better for you than possessing the best of wealth.” (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)

May Allah make us all instruments of virtue and piety and locks to evil and corruption, amen.

Allah Almighty knows best.