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He Claims To Be A Muslim But He Does Not Practise Islam At All; However, He Is Prepared To Learn – Can She Marry Him?

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can i marry a man who does not know any aspect of islam. his parents are muslim but they never bothered to teach him religion,they kept islam upto them but he himself is a very humble person and i have experienced that if myself or any body else will try to explain him the teachings of islam,he will galdly hear it and inshallah he will also let those teachings to enter his life. i have strong believe in religion i am not very religious but i try my best to follow islam.i love him very much and i believe that after marring him i can easily bring him on the right path on which i am inshallah.

Praise be to Allaah.

We put the following question to Shaykh Muhammad ibn Saalih al-‘Uthaymeen:

There is a Muslim woman who has received a proposal of marriage from a man who claims to be a Muslim but he does not practise Islam at all –because he is ignorant about it. But he says that he is prepared to learn and practise. Can she marry him or not?

His answer:

Praise be to Allaah.

If he bears witness that there is no god except Allaah and that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allaah, then he is a Muslim, and it is permissible for her to marry him. And Allaah knows best.

Shaykh Muhammad ibn Saalih al-‘Uthaymeen:

Husband And Wife Converted Together; Do They Need To Do A New Marriage Contract?

Some Muslims made da'wah to call a family, consisting of a husband and wife, to Islam. They embraced Islam and came together to the Islamic centre to declare their Islam. Do they have to do a new marriage contract or not?

Praise be to Allaah.

Ibn Qudaamah (may Allaah have mercy on him) said:

"Chapter Three: if the husband and wife become Muslim together, then they keep their original marriage contract, whether this happens before the marriage is consummated or after. There is no dispute among the scholars on this matter, praise be to Allaah.

Ibn ‘Abd al-Barr mentioned that there is scholarly consensus on the matter. The reason is that there is no difference of religion between the spouses. Abu Dawood reported from Ibn ‘Abbaas that a man came to declare his Islam at the time of the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), then his wife came to declare her Islam. [The man] said: ‘O Messenger of Allaah, she became Muslim when I did.' So the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) returned her to him."

(al-Mughni, part 7, Ahkaam al-Nikaah).

On the basis of the above, their original marriage contract is sufficient, and there is no need for them to do a new one. And Allaah knows best.


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