She Found Out After Marriage That Her Husband Is A Raafidi (Shi'i). What Should She Do?
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got married 1 year ago. Only two months ago I found
out that my husband is Shiite! He believes in their
beliefs and follows "Al-Kaafi"! I do not know what to
do, is my marriage valid? Please help me I do not want
to shock my family before I know the ruling on this
marriage. Fatwas are so many on the Internet, but my
case is special.
Praise be to Allaah.
We are amazed that people can give their daughters in
marriage to followers of innovation and misguidance
and deviance, and even to heretics and kaafirs. But
our amazement is reduced when we realise that people
are ignorant of these misguided beliefs and the fact
that they are contrary to the beliefs of Ahl al-Sunnah
wa'l-Jamaa'ah. Our amazement is also reduced when we
realise that there are fatwas of ignorance and
misguidance that are widespread among the people, not
only from over-lenient Shaykhs who regard it as
permissible to give a Sunni woman in marriage to a
Sufi or Shi'i, but also from heretics who disguise
themselves as men of religion and knowledge who issue
fatwas permitting marriage of a Muslim woman to a
The chronic problem here is that when people are
ignorant about their religion and are heedless about
the laws of Islam, they do not care much about the
issue of marriage and do not think to ask a suitor
about his religion and check on him. Rather all their
concern is about worldly interests and living
standards. They accept the one who suits them with
regard to that, and they ignore his misdeeds, and they
reject the one who does not suit them, even if he is
good and righteous, and fasts and prays at night a
With regard to your marriage to this Raafidi (Shi'i),
it is an invalid marriage and is abrogated according
to sharee'ah, so long as this man believes in the
misguidance and heresy that is in al-Kaafi (a Shi'i
You and your family must strive for a separation
between you and him. If this annulment does not come
about easily, then ask him for a divorce. If he
refuses and there is no one who can apply the laws of
Allaah with regard to this marriage, then you may
separate from him by means of khula', giving him
whatever he wants of money, such as giving up the
deferred portion of the mahr, or returning all or part
of what he gave to you, and thus ransom yourself from
The scholars of the Standing Committee were asked:
Allaah decreed that a Kurdish man who claims to be a
Sunni and is outwardly righteous should propose
marriage to me. His name is Haydar ‘Abd al-Husayn al-Jaabiri.
He accompanied my father for several months, during
which he was hosted by my father. During this period
he was of good character and religiously committed,
and he presented himself to my father as being a
Sunni, and he attacked the Shi'ah openly. Based on
what my father saw of his righteousness and piety, my
father agreed to give me in marriage to him. After the
marriage contract was done and he consummated the
marriage with me, he announced that he was not a
Sunni; rather he was a fanatical Shi'i. When we asked
him to come back to Islam and to the way of Ahl al-Sunnah
wa'l-Jamaa'ah, and we put pressure on him, he said: I
am neither Sunni nor Shi'i, I am a communist! (i.e.,
Respected mufti, my question is: What is the shar'i
ruling on my staying with this man in this situation,
especially since I hated him since he disclosed his
hateful secret to us, and he deceived us in the past
by making us think that he was a Sunni Muslim. What is
the way to annul this marriage contract? How can I
annul it, especially since I live in a non-Muslim
It is not permissible to give the daughters of Sunni
families in marriage to the sons of Shi'is or
Communists. If the marriage takes place, it is
invalid, because it is well known that the Shi'ah
offer supplication (du'aa') to Ahl al-Bayt (the
Prophet's family) and seek help through them, and this
is major shirk; and the communists are atheists and
have no religion at all. You have to go back to your
family and not allow this man to be intimate with you,
and you have to refer the matter to the authorities in
your own country.
Shaykh ‘Abd al-‘Azeez ibn Baaz, Shaykh ‘Abd al-‘Azeez
Aal al-Shaykh, Shaykh ‘Abd-Allaah ibn Ghadyaan, Shaykh
Saalih al-Fawzaan, Shaykh Bakr Abu Zayd
Fataawa al-Lajnah al-Daa'imah (18/298-300)
See also the answer to questions no. 44549 and 4569.
The book al-Kaafi contains kufr and heresy. It is the
primary reference of the Shi'ah madhhab. See the
answer to question no. 111952.
Muslim man marrying a Qadiani (Ahmadi)
woman who is of good character
I understand that ist alright for a Muslim
male to marry a woman from the people of the book. But
how about if a Muslim male wants to marry a Qadiani
girl, who's of a good character and personality?
Praise be to Allaah.
Given that the Qadiani school of thought is a form of
major Kufr (disbelief) which puts them beyond the pale
of Islam [i.e., Qadianis are not Muslims – see
Question 4060], it is not permissible to marry this
woman, because Allaah says (interpretation of the
"They are not lawful (wives) for the disbelievers nor
are the disbelievers lawful (husbands) for them" [al-Mumtahinah
And Allaah knows best.
Sheikh Muhammed Salih Al-Munajjid
Ruling on a Sunni woman marrying an
I have a question on which lifes of two
people depends. I will appreciate deeply from my heart
if you could answer this question. And i will be
really gald if u keep my name confidential. A friend
of mine very deeply loves this guy. Now the problem is
the girl is sunni and the guy is ismaili. I would i to
know if it is possible for them to get married or does
their sects matter that much even though they are both
muslim and belief in Allah? .
Praise be to Allaah.
It is not permissible for this woman to marry this
Ismaili man, because the Ismailis are heretics who are
beyond the pale of Islam.
The scholars said concerning their madhhab (school of
thought): "It is a way which outwardly is Raafidi but
inwardly conceals pure kufr…"
Ibn al-Jawzi said: "What they say is a denial of the
Creator and of Prophethood and of the acts of worship,
and denial of the resurrection. But they do not
manifest this openly at the beginning. Rather they
claim that Allaah is true and that Muhammad is the
Messenger of Allaah, and that the religion is true.
But they say that these concepts have a hidden meaning
which differs from the apparent meaning. Iblees has
deceived them and has made their way attractive to
Similar rulings were applied to other groups besides
the Ismailis who follow bid'ah and who were deemed to
be kaafirs, such as the Nusayris and the Raafidis. So
it is not permitted to marry any of them, or for them
to marry any of the Muslims.
It was narrated that Talhah ibn Musarrif (may Allaah
have mercy on him) said: "The women of the Raafidis
should not be married, because they are apostates."
Shaykh al-Islam (Ibn Taymiyah) said in his discussion
of the extreme views of the Raafidis and of the
Nusayris and Ismailis concerning ‘Ali, that all of
these kuffaar are worse kaafirs than the Jews and
Christians. If one of them does not make an open
display of that, then he is one of the munaafiqeen
(hypocrites) who will be in the lowest level of Hell,
and those who do make an open display of that are the
worst of the kaafirs in kufr. And he said: it is not
permitted to marry their women, because they are
apostates and are the worst kind of apostates.
Concerning the Nusayris he said: the scholars are
agreed that it is not permitted to intermarry with
them, or for a man to marry his female relative to one
of them, or to marry one of their women.
Mutawaatir reports from the righteous salaf indicate
that it is forbidden for a Muslim woman from among Ahl
al-Sunnah to marry someone from among the followers of
bid'ah who has been judged to be a kaafir, and that
this type of marriage is null and void.
See Mawqif Ahl al-Sunnah wa'l-Jamaa'ah min Ahl al-Ahwaa
‘wa'l-Bida' by Dr. Ibraaheem al-Raheeli, 1/377-380
And Al-Taqreeb bayna Ahl al-Sunnah wa'l-Shee'ah, by.
Dr. al-Qaffaari, 1/152
On this basis, it is not permissible for this Muslim
woman to marry this man, because he is not a Muslim,
even if he claims to be, as was stated above
concerning their madhhab. She should not continue
thinking of this haraam matter. And Allaah knows best.
Sheikh Muhammed Salih Al-Munajjid