Non-Muslim men marrying Muslim women
Fatwa No: 95404

  • Fatwa Date:29-4-2007 - Rabee' Al-Aakhir 12, 1428
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ASSALAM ALAIKUM WARAH-MATU-LLAH Jazakumu LLAHU qhaira for this website. About marring Ahlul-Kitab, Iam dead against it. Yes it is in the quran, but it was so because Arabs used to barry there girls alive, so there was few women than men .Today we have more wemen than men. I have spoken to muslim women in my community who are living with kuffar men why ? they said they waited years,put there photos on internet,in muslim and non muslim magazines for a muslim man,they got no one.However, my advise to them is that they failed the SWABR test and are committing ZINA .My intention is to encourage muslim men to marry there sisters. Correct me if Iam wrong. Shukran. Habib Ahmad.


All perfect praise be to Allaah, The Lord of the Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allaah, and that Muhammad  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) is His slave and Messenger.


It is Islamically permissible in principle to marry a woman from the people of the Book provided she is chaste; for more benefit in this regard, please refer to Fatwa 82067.

However, you are wrong in saying that burying baby-girls alive was the reason why Allaah permitted marrying the women from the people of the Book. Indeed, Allaah mentioned this ruling, which is the permissibility of marrying the women from the people of the Book in chapter 5, the verses of which were the last verses to be revealed from the Quran at a time when the Muslims became firm in their belief and the practice of burying baby-girls alive was abolished. However, the scholars  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  them disliked marrying the women from the people of the Book due to the disadvantages which may happen. For more benefit in this regard, please refer to Fataawa 89418 and 84724.

As regards the marriage of a Muslim woman to a non-Muslim man, then it is an invalid marriage; for more benefit, please refer to Fatwa 83101. If what you mentioned is correct that some Muslim women married non-Muslim men, then this is very grave, and the one who stays in this condition is a fornicator. The fact that no Muslim man married them is not a reason for them to marry non-Muslims. Their guardians and the people who are running the affairs of Muslims there should endeavour to solve this problem as it is very grave for them to stay with their non-Muslim husbands.

Every effort should be made so that Muslim women marry Muslim men in order that this matter will not be repeated. 

Allaah Knows best.

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