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When we – a Muslim and a Christian – fell in love, we didn't think much about the No doubt there are some unique challenges to interfaith relationships. We naturally look for someone who has made the same leaps of faith, who .. bring ' dishonour' into the family by marrying someone of another faith. Is it permissible for me to marry a Christian man, if my religious commitment is If a Muslim woman marries a non-Muslim man, knowing the ruling there is nothing wrong with her marrying him, if her guardian agrees to that. The verse seems to urge Muslim men and women to choose the woman to a non-Muslim man, whether he is polytheist, Christian or Jew.
There are restrictions to whom a Muslim man can marry which are further explained below. According to Qur'an 5: And [lawful in marriage are] chaste women from among the believers and chaste women from among those who were given the Scripture before you, when you have given them their due compensation, desiring chastity, not unlawful sexual intercourse or taking [secret] lovers.
And whoever denies the faith - his work has become worthless, and he, in the Hereafter, will be among the losers".
From this verse, it can be understood that Muslim men are allowed to marry women from the People of the Book i. And do not marry Polytheist men [to your women] until they believe.
And a believing slave is better than a Polytheist men, even though he might please you. Those invite [you] to the Fire, but Allah invites to Paradise and to forgiveness, by His permission.
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And He makes clear His verses to the people that perhaps they may remember". From this verse, it can be understood that Muslim man is not allowed to marry women who is polytheist unless she becomes Muslim. Having all the above verses taken into account, it can be concluded that Muslim men can marry non-Muslim women with following conditions: As you might have heard, I have been rather ill.
But on a happier note, recently we were blessed with a wonderful baby boy. But I should confess that there is another reason for the delay.
This is a difficult issue to deal with. I did receive a large number of inquiries about this same issue, and I have tended to avoid responding to them because I am not exactly very excited about handling this weighty and serious problem.
Surprising to me, all schools of thought prohibited a Muslim woman from marrying a man who is a kitabi among the people of the book.
I am not aware of a single dissenting opinion on this, which is rather unusual for Islamic jurisprudence because Muslim jurists often disagreed on many issues, but this is not one of them.
All jurists agreed that a Muslim man or woman may not marry a mushrik [one who associates partners with God--there is a complex and multi-layered discourse on who is to be considered a mushrik, but we will leave this for a separate discussion]. However, because of al-Ma'ida verse 5, there is an exception in the case of a Muslim man marrying a kitabiyya.Muslims Marrying Christians or Jews - Zulfiqar Ali Shah
There is no express prohibition in the Qur'an or elsewhere about a Muslim woman marrying a kitabi. However, the jurists argued that since express permission was given to men, by implication women must be prohibited from doing the same. If men needed to be given express permission to marry a kitabiyya, women needed to be given express permission as well, but since they were not given any such permission then they must be barred from marrying a kitabi.
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They are not lawful for them the disbelieversnor are they the disbelievers lawful for them. The revelation context and the general meaning of this verse are not, however, associated with the case of marriage to non-Muslims.
The classical interpretation states that this verse was actually revealed when two polytheist men from Quraish asked for their sisters to be back, Oum Kelthoum and Bint Aqabah, after they had converted to Islam and migrated to Medina in order to join the Muslim community .
It is worth reminding that the Prophet signed at that time an agreement called Al-Hudaybya Treaty with the opposing tribe of Quraish to stop the war for ten years.
This agreement stipulated, among others, that any Quraychit woman who would join the Prophet in Medina without the permission of her legal tutor should be sent back to Mecca. Oum Kelthoum, who was the only one to convert to Islam in her family, and who escaped from one of the most hostile environments, begged the Prophet not to repatriate her to her tribe so as not to be exposed once more to their unfair treatment .
The verse above mentioned was then revealed to prevent the extradition of women who converted to Islam and avoid the vengeance of their respective families. For this reason, the Prophet refused to send back the exiled women to the enemies, while the agreement was maintained for men. How can we consider, in the same Christian or Jewish community, that men are disbelievers while women of the same communities are believers?
In fact, the argument is not convincing because if the said verse forbids the marriage between a Muslim woman and a Christian or Jewish man as it is unanimously interpreted today, so such marriage is also forbidden for the Muslim man.
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The question raised in this regard is how can we today, in the current conceptual, cultural and globalized situation, categorize people according to their faith, religious or cultural backgrounds? How can we recognize a person to be Muslim, believer, Christian, Jew or polytheist? What can we say about those people who do belong to a religious culture, many of whom are Muslims, yet still admit to be atheist or agnostic?
What can we say about people from the same Muslim culture who are married together but who, religiously speaking, inherit no more than the family name and some cultural customs?