Ban On Muslim Women Marrying Kafir (Unbeliever): Ruling On Marrying A Woman Who Has No Religion
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Can a non-muslim man marry a muslim woman?
It is absolutely not permissible under any
circumstances in Islamic law (shari'a) of Allah, the
most esteemed and exhalted, for a non-Muslim to marry
a Muslim woman, as per what He has said regarding the
marriage of a kafir (unbeliever) to a Muslim woman and
vice versa: (interpretation of the meaning).
They are not lawful (wives) for the unbelievers, nor
are the unbelievers lawful (husbands) for them...
And Allah the most esteemed and exhalted has also said
(interpretation of the meaning):
Nor marry (your girls) to unbelievers until they
i.e., it is not ever permissable for someone to marry
his Muslim daughter or sister or any Muslim woman for
whom he is a guardian to a kafir.
Islam must be exhalted and cannot be subjugated, so
how could a Muslim woman be put under the care of a
kafir man, when the man is normally naturally in a
stronger position? In such a situation he could cause
her to corrupt the practice of her religion or force
her into subdual by causing her to live a life of
oppression with him. He could also prevent her from
practicing some of her religious rites. These are
among the reasons for the aforementioned ban expressed
in the previous ayaat. wallahu a'lam (and Allah is the
Ruling on marrying a woman who has
Is it permissible for a Muslim man to marry a
woman who professes no faith or "deen" at all -- an
Praise be to Allaah.
This is not permitted at all, because Allaah says
(interpretation of the meaning): "… they are not
lawful (wives) for the disbelievers nor are the
disbelievers lawful (husbands) for them…" [al-Mumtahinah
60:10]. An exception is made in the case of chaste
women of the People of the Book (Jews and Christians),
because Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):
"(Lawful to you in marriage) are … and chaste women
from those who were given the Scripture (Jews and
Christians) before your time…" [al-Maa'idah 5:5]. And
Allaah knows best.