We have received some questions recently regarding interfaith marriages. This is an easy topic but we have to keep in mind that there is a difference amongst the scholars on some of the issues. We will clearly state it for you in this short article where the differences are what they are and which terms are completely clear.
1. A Muslim believing woman is not allowed to marry any non believer or even of any one of Ahli Kitaab (People of the Book). Muslim women are only allowed to marry Muslim Men.
2. Muslim men are allowed to marry women only from amongst the Christian and the Jews. Now here is where the difference is amongst the scholars.
– Some scholars say that any women who are Christian or Jewish can be married to a Muslim Man.
– Other scholars say that only chaste woman from amongst the Christians and Jews can be married.
– Then there are also scholars on both point a and b that also hold the opinion that they must not be committing shirk (ascribing partners to Allah).
If you any further questions about this topic you should research it further in detail. As for the benefits of this type of marriage only Allah knows. Obviously in these times where there are so many women and men who are Muslim looking for marriage that there is plenty of people to get married to within our faith. Also the fact that we are so well connected globally now online and through so many other resources that there is no excuse that not enough Muslim sisters are available.
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