Can i get married to my cousin who is 1 and
a half year younger than me? She is my mom's brother's daughter. i really love her.
Praise be to Allaah.
Your maternal uncles daughter is not counted as
one of your mahrams, so the same rulings apply to her as to other women who are
strangers to you (i.e., non-mahrams). One of these rulings is that it is
permissible for you to marry her. But we should note an important point, which is that
even though love is something nice, and it is mustahabb for a man to marry a woman whom he
loves, because the Prophet
(peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: there
is nothing better for two who love one another than marriage (Saheeh
al-Jaami, no 5200), nevertheless, this love should not be
overwhelming and cause a person to forget other characteristics which he should look for
in the person he wants to marry. The most important characteristic is religious
commitment. The Prophet
(peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: A woman
may be married for four things her wealth, her lineage, her beauty and her
commitment to religion. Choose the one who is religious, may your hands be rubbed with
dust [i.e., may you prosper]! (Agreed upon). If your cousin is
religious and has a good attitude, then you have chosen well and we ask Allaah to fulfil
your hopes and bring you together in a good way. If she is not, then think again about
your choice. May Allaah help you to do that which He loves and which pleases Him.