Muslim Man Marrying A Non-Muslim Woman:
A Non Muslim Girl In Loves With A Muslim Guy
09 August 2012
Islamic Rulings - Living
Islamic Questions & Answers
A non muslim girl wants to loves a muslim guy
and has decided to marry him. she is also ready to
accept islam. does islam permits a muslim guy to marry
a non muslim asian girl. both love each other very
much and cant stay without each other. what must be
done now, how and when can she accept islam.
Praise be to Allaah.
Through this website we will send a message to this
non-Muslim woman and others, telling them that no one
can attain true life, happiness and peace of mind
unless he believes in Allaah as his Lord, Islam as his
religion and Muhammad as his Prophet. For all of the
universe is created, and its Creator is Allaah. He is
the One Who raised the heavens with no pillars and
spread out the earth, and created the mountains to
stabilize it, and created the sea and the rivers.
"Surely, His is the creation and commandment. Blessed
is Allaah, the Lord of the ‘Aalameen (mankind, jinn
and all that exists)!"
[al-A'raaf 7:54 – interpretation of the meaning]
Once this is clear, it should be understood that
Allaah sent Messengers to His slaves, to show them the
way, teach them and guide them to the path of
"Messengers as bearers of good news as well as of
warning in order that mankind should have no plea
against Allaah after the (coming of) Messengers"
And He ended the series of His Messengers with
Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him):
"Muhammad is not the father of any of your men, but he
is the Messenger of Allaah and the last (end) of the
[al-Ahzaab 33:40 – interpretation of the meaning]
Allaah sent him with the religion of Islam other than
which He will not accept any religion from anyone:
"And whoever seeks a religion other than Islam, it
will never be accepted of him, and in the Hereafter he
will be one of the losers"
[Aal ‘Imraan 3:85 – interpretation of the meaning]
With regard to when and how she may become Muslim:
It is very easy indeed. All she has to do is to say
"Ashhadu an laa ilaaha illaaha ill-Allaah wa ashhadu
anna Muhammad ‘abduhu was rasooluhu (I bear witness
that there is no god except Allaah and I bear witness
that Muhammad is His slave and Messenger)." Once she
says that, she becomes Muslim. She should hasten to do
that, because death may come suddenly, and no one
knows whether he will live until tomorrow or not.
We welcome her as our sister in Islam, and we ask
Allaah to inspire her and guide her to do that which
will bring her happiness in this world and in the
What is stated in this question is that the woman is
"non-Muslim". This may be understood as meaning that
she is one of the people of the Book – i.e., Jewish or
Christian – or it may be understood as meaning that
she is something else – such as Buddhist, Zoroastrian
or communist. If the woman who wants to marry a Muslim
man is one of the people of the Book, there is no
shar'i impediment to this marriage, so long as it
fulfils the shar'i conditions, such as the requirement
that she be chaste. But the Muslim husband should be
keen to bring his wife into Islam so as to save her
from eternity in the Fire and so that he and his
children will have a home that is based on Islam.
But if the woman who wants to marry a Muslim man is
not one of the people of the Book, then it is not
permissible for a Muslim to marry her.
Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):
"And do not marry Al-Mushrikaat (idolatresses) till
they believe (worship Allaah Alone). And indeed a
slave woman who believes is better than a (free)
Mushrikah (idolatress), even though she pleases you.
And give not (your daughters) in marriage to Al-Mushrikoon
till they believe (in Allaah Alone) and verily, a
believing slave is better than a (free) Mushrik
(idolater), even though he pleases you. Those (Al-Mushrikoon)
invite you to the Fire, but Allaah invites (you) to
Paradise and forgiveness by His Leave, and makes His
Ayaat (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs,
revelations, etc.) clear to mankind that they may
Ibn Katheer said:
Here Allaah forbids the believers to marry mushrik
woman who worship idols, and if this were general in
meaning, it would include every mushrik woman, whether
she is of the people of the Book or is an idol
worshipper, but the woman of the people of the Book
are excluded from that in the verse (interpretation of
"(Lawful to you in marriage) are chaste women from the
believers and chaste women from those who were given
the Scripture (Jews and Christians) before your time
when you have given their due Mahr (bridal-money given
by the husband to his wife at the time of marriage),
desiring chastity (i.e. taking them in legal wedlock)
not committing illegal sexual intercourse, nor taking
them as girlfriends"
‘Ali ibn Abi Talhah said, narrating from Ibn ‘Abbaas
concerning the words "And do not marry Al-Mushrikaat
(idolatresses) till they believe (worship Allaah
Alone)": Allaah excludes from that the women of the
people of the Book. This was also the view of Mujahid,
‘Ikrimah, Sa'eed ibn Jubayr, Makhool, al-Hasan, al-Dahhaak,
Zayd ibn Aslam, al-Rabee' ibn Anas and others. And it
was said that what is meant is the mushrikoon who
worship idols, and it does not mean the people of the
Book at all. This meaning is close to the first
meaning. And Allaah knows best.
Tafseer Ibn Katheer, 1/474
Whilst noting that this is permissible, we should also
remember that Islam encourages the Muslim man to marry
a Muslim woman who is religiously committed, because
the Muslim's life with his wife is a complete and
comprehensive life which involves chastity, lowering
the gaze, and protecting and looking after the house
and children. These and similar things cannot be
achieved except with a religiously-committed wife.
See the answer to question no. 12283; also the answer
to question no 20227, which gives more details on the
bad consequences of marriage to a non-Muslims woman.
In the answer to question no. 3320 it states that it
is not permissible to allow her to celebrate
(non-Islamic) festivals inside or outside the home.
And Allaah knows best.