Muslim Women and Christian Men
Question :

Is it allowed for Muslim women to marry Christian Men?

Answer :

No, it is not permissible for a Muslim woman to marry a Christian man.

Marrying a Christian
Question :

I am a Shia Muslim girl living in Europe and I am interested in a Christian co-worker. Can I engage in temporary marriage with him, even if it is without consummation?

Answer :

It is not permissible for a Muslim woman to marry a non-Muslim man, even in temporary marriage. You can present Islam to him and if he accepts it and becomes a Muslim by reciting the two testimonies, you can then marry him. Otherwise, it is absolutely impermissible to marry him.

Non-Muslim Man with Muslim Woman
Question :

What is the ruling on a man who was non-Muslim, but converts to Islam because he wants to marry a Muslim woman?

Answer :

If he declares the two testimonies without the acknowledgment of its meanings and without commitment to them in such a way that he does not see himself, because of this, as a Muslim, then he is not considered as one and the marriage to him is invalid. If his testimony was with the acknowledgment of its meanings and commitment to them in such a way that he considers himself to be a Muslim, then he is one and the marriage with him is valid.

Not a Follower of any Religion
Question :

Is it permissible to marry a man who believes in a Creator but does not necessarily identify as a follower of any religion?

Answer :

Such a marriage is not valid.

A Muslim Man and a Non-Mulsim Woman
Question :

Am I allowed to marry a woman who believes in God but does not have any religion?

Answer :

No, it is not permissible to do so.

Hinduism
Question :

Is marrying a girl who believes in Hinduism allowed in Islam?

Answer :

No, it is not allowed.

Muslim Man and Christian woman
Question :

I know that a Muslim man can marry a Christian woman as long as the children are Muslims. But are there not any other rules that the man and woman must follow before they are allowed to marry?

Answer :

Marrying a Christian woman is allowed but it is better to choose a Muslim wife when possible.
The father is obligated to raise the children properly in such a way that they become believers, perform the obligatory deeds and avoid committing the prohibitions. It is better to choose correct and effective ways in their upbringing so they may be more inclined towards the true religion. Almighty Allah says: "O ye who believe! Ward off from yourselves and your families a Fire whereof the fuel is men and stones."(Quran 66:6).

A Muslim Man and a Christian Woman
Question :

Is it possible to have a permanent marriage with a follower of the Christian faith, or is only temporary marriage permissible with them?

Answer :

It is permissible to marry a Christian wife temporarily and permanently. Marrying her permanently is invalid without the permission of the Muslim wife if he is married to one.

People of the Book
Question :

I live in an area where the majority are Christians, I made a Mutah contract with a woman without asking her if she is Ahlul kitab or not, and I also consummated the marriage. Have I committed a sin? If I have, is it a major one?

Answer :

If there is doubt in her religion, whether it is Christianity or not, then one must make sure that it is religiously acceptable to marry a woman from such a religion. If the marriage contract took place without checking the religion and it was not religiously permitted, then this act is prohibited and considered as adultery.

Temporary Marriage
Question :

I entered into temporary marriage with a Christian lady not knowing that she is separated from her husband and not officially divorced. She could not get divorce because in that country it is a very expensive court matter which she could not afford. Is my marriage contract valid given that she is officially not divorced yet?

Answer :

If she was considered married in her religion, then it is prohibited to marry her. She becomes permanently prohibited for you if your marriage to her is consummated. If she was considered divorced in the Christian faith, then it is permissible to marry her.

The Consent of the Wife
Question :

After a Muslim couple has separated for a long period of time, is it permissible for the husband to marry, temporarily or permanently, a woman from Ahlul-Kitab without the knowledge of his Muslim wife? Or does he require her permission?

Answer :

It is permissible to permanently marry a woman from the People of the Book with the consent of the Muslim wife and not without it, even if the Muslim couple has separated. If the marriage is temporary then the consent of the Muslim wife is not required.

Apostate
Question :

If a non-practicing Muslim who reverted from Christianity converts back to Christianity at any time, will his marriage with his Muslim wife still be valid?

Answer :

If he leaves the Islamic faith, then this invalidates the marriage.

Non-Muslim
Question :

Does a Christian woman need to still take divorce from her Christian husband once she becomes Muslim?

Answer :

If she embraced Islam but her husband did not, then her marriage has become null and void, and she can get married again after observing the waiting period (iddah).

Renouncing Islam
Question :

If the wife renounces Islam, does she become automatically divorced? What if she chooses to follow one of the religions of the Ahlul-Kitab (People of the Book)? And what if she took to another religion?

Answer :

If she left the religion of Islam for one of the religions of the People of the Book, the marriage is still valid. If she chose another religion, then the marriage becomes nullified.

Woman Accepting Islam
Question :

If a Christian woman converts to Islam and her husband does not, how long is her iddah? What if they both convert to Islam together?

Answer :

If the wife and the husband embraced Islam together, the marriage remains valid.
If the wife embraced Islam before consummating the marriage but the husband did not, then the marriage contract is void. If she converted to Islam after consummating the marriage, then she should wait for the duration of the iddah. If the husband converts to Islam during the iddah period, then the marriage remains valid. If he did not convert at all, or he converted after the completion of the duration of iddah, then the marriage contract is void.
The iddah in such a case is the same as the iddah of divorce, which is the period until she sees the beginning of her third menses.

A Sunni Woman and a Shia Man
Question :

Can a Sunni girl marry with a Shia man?

Answer :

Yes, she can, as both of them are Muslims, and Muslim women can marry Muslim men.

A Shia Man and a Sunni Woman
Question :

I am a Shia Sayyid. Is it allowed for me to get married to a Sunni girl?

Answer :

  • It is permissible for a Shia Sayyid man to marry a Sunni woman. It is better to have an expert in Shia religious rules to perform the marriage contract to make sure that it is legitimate and correct.

A Sayyid Girl
Question :

Can a Shia Sayyid girl get married to a new convert to Islam? Can she marry him if her father does not allow it?

Answer :

It is permissible for the Muslim woman, whether she was from a Sayyid family or not, to marry a Muslim man even if he used to follow another religion, but it should be with the consent of the father of the woman if she is a virgin.

A Sayyid Girl
Question :

Is it permissible for a Shia Sayyid female to marry a non-Sayyid Sunni male?

Answer :

Her marriage without the consent of her guardian is invalid if she is a virgin.
Also it is not permissible if she fears that her faith will be affected by such a marriage. Otherwise, it is permissible.

A Sayyid Girl
Question :

Is the marriage of a non-Sayyid boy with girl from a Sayyid family permissible?

Answer :

The honor of a girl from a Sayyid family is because of her linage to the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him and his progeny) and his honor is because of his obedience to the Lord. Almighty Allah said: "The noblest of you, in the sight of Allah, is the most pious amongst you." (Quran 49:13) The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him and his progeny) said: "A believing man is a match for a believing woman". He also said: "If you are satisfied with the religion and ethics of the man that is seeking marriage from your family, then by all means accept him. If you do not, a big disorder and sedition will occur."
Therefore, such a marriage is permissible subject to other conditions such as the consent of the girl's father if she is a virgin.