Muslim Marrying A Catholic Who Doesn't Convert To Islam
Islamic Rulings -
Living Shariah Verdicts
Islamic Questions & Answers
Can a Muslim marry a Roman Catholic without the
person converting to Islam?
Praise be to Allaah.
If a Muslim wants to marry a Christian woman, she does
not have to become Muslim first, because of the
general statement in the Qur'aan (interpretation of
"Made lawful to you this day are . . . chaste women
from those who were given the Scripture (Jews and
Christians) before your time . . ." [al-Maa'idah 5:5].
The conditions for a non-Muslim woman to marry a
Muslim man are that she should be of the People of the
Book (Jewish or Christian) and that she should be
We remind the Muslims living outside the Muslim world
that they should not rush into taking such a step, and
if they wish to do so, they should think long and
hard, even though marrying a woman of the People of
the Book is permitted in principle. There is a very
real possibility of the children becoming Christian,
especially in countries where the law favours the
non-Muslim mother. In fact many such tragedies have
occurred. We ask Allaah to guide us all and give us
strength. May Allaah bless our Prophet Muhammad.