Marrying a woman of a different nationality
Fatwa No: 82095

Question

I have found a woman to marry, but her culture is different. I am okay with that; I am Indian and she is from Yemen. I have talked to my parents, but my parents didn't agree on it. They think I should marry an Indian Muslim woman. I like this girl, but my parents think that it's not wise to marry a woman whose nationality is different from mine. I need some advice on what to do.

Answer

Praise be to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds; and blessings and peace be upon our Prophet Muhammad and upon all his Family and Companions. The Islamic lawmaker has set the basis for choosing one's wife and has made the Islamic religion and the good morals as the most important ones. Al-Bukhari and Muslim narrated from Abu Hurairah that Prophet (Blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said: "The woman is married for her wealth, her honourable lineage, her beauty and her religion, try to obtain the religious one ….". So, originally, one should choose the most noble-minded. Since your parents have ordered you to get married to a woman who has the same origin, customs and traditions as yourself, we advise you to obey them for the following reasons:1 -Their obedience is an obligation on you as long as they haven't asked you to commit a sin. 2 -You may find a woman from the same origin as yourself and who is better than the one you want to marry. 3 - The third point may be the most important one is what the wellknown scholer Siddigh Hasan Khan said in his book "al-Rawdha al-Nadiyyah" said: 'And the customs of the people as well as their rites prevail on the person and they are like things he is naturally predisposed to do'. So, if the culture and customs of the wife and husband are different, problems are more likely to arise between them than if they were the same. Taking these difference in behaviour and conduct into consideration does not contradict the advise of the Prophet (Blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) to opt for the most religious person. So, one may choose a religious woman that matches him perfectly as regards the temperament and character. Allah Knows best.

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