I had met and married a woman, after 8 years I felt I have something for her sister. Then we agreed with my wife and her that we should marry. And we did it.

Then later we discovered it's a haram to marry two sisters.

But it was too late, so what does Islam instruct us to do in this regard?

  • who read your nikah and who were the witnesses?
    – Zia
    Mar 3, 2014 at 11:48
  • "Then we agreed with my wife and her we should marry." I wish at least I could imagine this situation :)
    – Zahra E
    Mar 3, 2014 at 13:35
  • @Zia that doesn't matter, as that was before accepting Islam.
    – user2724
    Mar 3, 2014 at 15:50
  • @MAKZ The point is that in body of the question OP doesn't specify or even hint to the fact that they did this before converting to Islam. Although the a title says so but instead of elaborating the situation further OP totally skipped it. @ OP Welcome to Islam and please elaborate the situation. Mar 3, 2014 at 17:52

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There is a hadith in Sunan Abi Dawud that describes the same situation as yours.

Al-Dahhak b. Firuz reported on the authority of his father:

I said: Messenger of Allah, I have embraced Islam and two sisters are my wives. He replied: Divorce any one of them you wish.


There is no mention of punishment or any reprimand in the situation given in the hadith. Moreover, Allah always accepts repentance for mistakes done in ignorance [1, 2].

But you are required divorce any of them. There is no rule as to which one to chose, so keep the one that you love more.

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