Praise be to Allaah.
Having a low sperm count
and low sperm motility of the level mentioned is regarded as a fault which
must be disclosed, and it is not permissible to conceal it, because of
what it may lead to of not having children. Having children is one of the
most important aims of marriage, so the wife has the right to have
children just as the husband has the same right.
If a man gets married and
is aware of this weakness, and cannot have children, that is more likely to
put the wife off him and make her regard him as having deceived her.
Hence Ameer al-Mu’mineen
‘Umar ibn al-Khattaab (may Allah be pleased with him) said to the one who
married a woman but could not have children: “Tell her that you are sterile
and give her the choice.” Quoted in Zaad al-Ma‘aad, 5/183
It says in Masaa’il
al-Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal, narrated by Abu Ya‘qoob al-Kawsaj (no. 1282):
I said: What about the man who marries a woman when he is sterile and cannot
Ahmad said: I prefer the
one who knows that about himself to disclose it; perhaps his wife wants to
Ishaaq said the same as he
said, because he cannot deceive her. End quote. Narrated by Ibn Qudaamah in
Shaykh al-Islam Ibn
Taymiyah and Ibn al-Qayyim favoured the view that sterility is regarded as a
fault that constitutes grounds for annulment of the marriage, unlike the
majority of scholars.
See also the answers to
questions no. 85101 and
Based on that, this young
man has to tell his fiancée, then if she accepts, that is up to her.
If he hopes that the
situation will improve and the problem will be resolved within a short time
as mentioned, then he may delay proposing marriage until that time.
We ask Allah to guide and
help us and you.
And Allah knows best.