Is It Haram To Marry a Non-Muslim?

Is there a distinction when you are in love with someone who comes from the same environment, who has the same tradition, and system of values, and here we mean the core values, that shape our personality to the core, and also to be in love with a person who has a somewhat equivalent upbringing, or individual who is totally different in terms of mentality and experience?

Someone who was raised in a completely different manner, and someone who cannot rely on those terms, which ultimately raises numerous questions, from raising the family to maintaining core values, that are relevant not just for a family, but for the entire society as a whole.

There are many questions that can be ordered on the matter of love between various people, in the sense that they belong to completely different nations, and in particular religions.

To start, we will tell you one statistic that has shown things in real life, not in theory – although real life has conducted many times that feelings know no boundaries, and this is not just the case when we are speaking of geographical ones.

It has been confirmed that it can function, in a quite good way, and it can have many benefits, but does an association with an outsider can give more possibilities or does it go through the same phases and difficulties as the “normal” type of love relationship?

Is It Haram To Marry a Non-Muslim?

Right away we will say that it is haram to marry a non-muslim woman, and this is expanded to new extents.

This implies also a woman or a man who has changed his religion into a different one, and there it does not belong to the Muslim faith anymore.

This is something that is not permittable in the Islamic world.

The reason why this marriage is not permitted lies in the fact that when a Muslim believer marries a non-muslim then there is a major problem in the belief system as it is completyl contradictory to the Islamic faith.

Such religious teachings are quite contrary to the Islamic faith and people who have such different beliefs are in fact, violating the sole bases of Islam.

Consequently, Muslims are not permitted to marry others who are following such religion or beliefs.

Islamic law also sees this issue deeply – a mother who is non-muslim can have a negative effect on her kids when we know that she is the one that has a paramount role in the construction of the child’s internal world and in the principles of the family dynamics.

Such problems can occur when a mother is non-muslim.

It is said that Imams would not serve sharia weddings in the matter of mixed marriages, since there is a fatwa that was issued and it prohibiting the marriage between a Muslim to a non-Muslim.

And if there is a person inside this community that wants to enter such a marriage, then the imam should not do that, because in a way he would support and encourage such a practice, which is obviously not in the welfare of the Muslim society, since if the pattern of such marriages were to circulate, many Muslim women would stay unmarried, and they are prohibited to wed non-Muslims.

Also, such a marriage is seen as haram, as the result of it must not be a disorder, certain, or overall deterioration, since it is understood that the usage of allowed things is only allowed if there is not any damage.

When there is damage, then such a thing is typically restricted, and if it is personal damage, that thing becomes restricted for some types of people or in some circumstances.

Whenever the damage in a thing grows, its banning becomes more powerful.

From there, thoughtful and trustworthy Muslims in the area of law have the power to demarcate the usage of some permissible things if they fear that their prevailing or personal use will generate some damage.

And when you marry a non-muslim there are such damages – when a marriage with a non-Muslim woman evolves into a common social sensation, the same amount of Muslim women will be refused marriage, particularly in the time when polygamy has become infrequent and unusual.

It is standard understanding and confirmed that Muslim women are permitted to wed only a Muslim, so to designate a proportion it is required to close the door to marriage with non-Muslim ladies, taking care of Muslim women.

When is Halal to marry a Non-Muslim

But some Islamic teachings are saying that it is allowed to have a marriage between a Muslim and a woman who was a follower of the Revelation (earlier), and she could be Jewish and Christian.

There is a dispute regarding this topic by some Islamic scholars, but there is a verse in Quran that allows this.

In this case, a woman who belongs to the earlier Revelation is fundamentally allowed to be married to a Muslim man, and she can be and should be acquainted with Islam.

Although those who doubt it may say that this halal is just the principle, there are conditions to be fulfilled.

One of them is the necessity that the female is actually a devotee of the earlier Revelation, ie. to obey the religion established on the Revelation -Christianity and Judaism.

She must believe in God, the future world, and prophecy.

This woman that is non-Muslim must be immaculate and honorable since Allah did not permit marriage with every devotee before the Revelation but specified the approval only to the pristine and virtuous among them.

This woman must be clean and very moral – this is very rare to find in modern society, and even strange.

Here modern society and Islam are contradicted – as Western society sees this woman as socially rejected, the one that has not to have sex and that has remained her chastity.

It is haram to marry a person who is declared an atheist or who is an apostate from the Islamic religion.

That person must not be a member of a religion that has completely abandoned religion from the Islamic point of view.

But the marriage between a Muslim and a Christian or Jewish woman is not Sharia legitimate and Muslims should avoid it.

More about mixed marriages

People who deal with love connections, relations between people, experts, and even sociologists have diverged thoughts on this topic, and reality is sometimes even more confusing.

First of all, they say that the matter of love, as it is, an emotion, does not have anything to do with the background of any kind.

They say that “heart” chooses not religion, or something else, and that it does not have any relevance to who is from where.

At the same time, some others who call themselves more realistic say that a love connection with someone who has a different mentality opens up many unique problems, that can make a hard life even harder and more problems than it would be in some other circumstances.

Nevertheless, analysis indicates that women, more than men, imagine having a relationship with an outsider (from their nation or religion) and immersing in multi-ethnic (or multi-religious) marriages, where divorces are less regular, culture is richer and concessions are more common, then in some other cases.

Also, it must be said that in some more developed countries, the tradition of marking a contract before entering any marriage has long been shown, as both parties in this way want to protect themselves from anything unwanted to happen.

All is known, all is much more clear, what is from the husband and what belongs to the wife, and what will occur if the two are separated.

But in some parts of the world signing the premarital contract is seen as shameful.

Traditional upbringing and additional moral standards do not permit the mixing of feelings and resolving what can be a real danger after the love is gone and real problems come to the surface.

we also have to say that in a multicultural community, and also in a bilingual, multi-religious, everyone could benefit when they have a straightforward objective at the beginning: keeping a marriage and having kids, without taking only one culture or religion for another.

Equivalency and humanity are best comprehended in a multi-ethnic household, and this is something that is proven so many times, before, but only if the objective is in its place, and in any other, this can be a call for a disaster.

If the kid is born into a marriage of such kind, where there are two people of different backgrounds, for some reason, still will be under that force, and they will understand to appreciate these different values, thoughts, and traditions.

The child can enjoy both and have the best of both worlds.

But when it comes to the Islamic religion things are not as simple, and there are mixed marriages in this religion and some other, and they are not forbidden in all parts of the world, but still, there are many obstacles to step over.

In some parts of the world, there are such marriages, of course, that are subjected to some rules and regulations, there is not complete freedom when the future wife or husband is chosen, but the rules are not as rigid.

In some other cases, this is a major haram, for reasons that are much bigger than just the partnership between the two people, who are maybe in love.

The Islamic faith, as some teachers claim, must not ever allow, for whatever reason to lose any young in this religious sense, as these kids will be given a glimpse to see into the different religion that is in opposition to Islam.


But, also Islam offers the idea that all individual cases should be comprehensively examined each case and be as detailed as attainable in making assessments because this is a very difficult thing.

This needs precise and absolute proof and is not departed to people, as individuals.

It is known that all people of the Muslim faith think and believes that all other Muslim brothers and sisters are also good and that they could never become unbelievers,

In all of this, must be said that the Almighty Allah is the only that will make judgments and not the people.

Of course, we must say in the end, that marriage is a phenomenon that has many dimensions, and that there are many queries between the claims of the individual and the stakes of society.

Each person, as a social individual inside of one community, recognizes his own collaborative requirements in efficient simultaneousness with other associates of the society, regardless of how small it can be.

And, in the end, any, even the smallest danger to society, in an indirect way puts the individual at the same risk.

It does not have anything to do with how many individuals encourage and allow marriage with non-Muslims, there is no suspicion or dispute that marriage with a Muslim believer is better and more beneficial for numerous reasons.

The understanding of religions and spiritual sense is more useful for a marriage to be happy.

Even more, Islam goes a step further and states that it is not enough to marry a woman who is simply Muslim, she must be a true believer who wants to obtain her honor and be careful in how she conducts herself, but also to respect Allah.

She must respect her husband, his property, and their children.

And if the Non-Muslim is potentially married to a Muslim person, she must not ever belong to any group that is seen as the enemy of the Muslim people and who has been or is at war with them.

So there is a distinction between a woman who has the status of a ward of the Muslim society and one that is at war with the Muslims.

Marriage is permitted in the first case and haram in the second.

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