Refusal to marry good Muslim
Fatwa No: 85933

  • Fatwa Date:16-6-2003 - Rabee' Al-Aakhir 16, 1424
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Question

If a person wants to marry you and is a good Muslim but you don't want to marry him is it Haram to refuse?

Answer

Praise be to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds; and may His blessings and peace be upon our Prophet Muhammad and upon all his Family and Companions. When a pious man who is a good match for a woman proposes to marry her, it is unlawful to refuse his offer. The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam) said: "If a man whose religion and character you like proposes to marry (from your women) marry him. If you do not do so there will be much temptation and depravity on earth" [ Al-Tirmizi ]. But we cannot say that this girl will commit a sin if she refuses a man with such characteristics. In fact, this man might have other characteristics like not being handsome, being poor, living in a remote place or similar things. She even has the right to refuse a man who is a perfect match and free from all such shortcomings, as this returns, in the first place, to the desire. It is known that a marriage that is contracted without desire is doomed to failure. Allah knows best.

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