Prominent Egyptian Al-Azhar Uni. ‘Salafist’ Cleric Says Men Can Marry Their Daughters If Born Out of Wedlock

  • Mazen Al-Sersawi cites prominent Muslim scholar in making his argument 
  • Girls born out of wedlock are not really daughters so not ‘attributed’ to father
  • According to his argument in these circumstances a man can marry daughter
  • The comments have been widely criticised and greeted with revulsion 


A prominent Egyptian Salafist cleric has suggested Islam allows men to have sex with their illegitimate daughters and marry them.

Mazen Al-Sersawi cites prominent Muslim scholar Imam Al-Shafi’i as saying because illegitimate daughters are not officially attributed to their fathers they can be married to them.

He makes the claims in a video which has gone viral and he has been widely criticized for the comments.

In the video, Al-Sersawi said Imam Al-Shafi’i is known for saying men may marry their own daughters that are born out of wedlock

In the video Mazen Al-Sersawi cites prominent scholar Imam Al-Shafi'i to make the case that fathers can marry daughters born in adulterous relationships

He claims because a girl born in an adulterous relationship is 'not really his daughter' then a father can have sex with her

Mazen Al-Sersawi teaches at the prestigious Egypt's Al-Azhar University, one of the most prestigious institutions in Sunni Islam

Al-Sersawi, who teaches at the prestigious Egypt’s Al-Azhar University, claims Al-Shafi’I says a girl born in an adulterous relationship is ‘not really his daughter’.

Because an illegitimate daughter does not carry her father’s name, ‘she is not his daughter according to Sharia. She is not officially attributed to him’.

The video was made in 2012 but has recently resurfaced online.

Many have expressed their revulsion about his claims with one man tweeting ‘what is this madness?’ and a woman simply saying ‘ewww’.

Earlier this year, another Egyptia cleric Muftah Mohammad Maarouf, said in televised debate the age for marrying should be low enough for new-born babies to be married off.

He said long as ‘no harm’ is done to the child, there is no problem ‘preventing her from getting married’ adding ‘in Islamic Sharia there is no set age for marriage when it comes to females’.

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