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Are we allowed to marry Mushriks?

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Are we allowed to marry Mushriks?

In the name of Allah, We praise Him, seek His help and ask for His forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and who-ever He allows to fall astray, none can guide them aright. We bear witness that there is no one (no idol, no person, no grave, no prophet, no imam, no dai, nobody!) worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad (saws) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers.


Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 2 Surah Baqarah verse 221: Do not marry mushrik (unbelieving) women unless they believe a slave woman who believes is better than an unbelieving woman, even though she allure youLikewise, do not wed your women to mushrik men unless they believe a man slave who believes is better than an unbeliever, even though he allure you..The mushrik people invite you to the Fire, while Allah by His grace invites you to the Garden and His Pardon, and He makes His revelations plain to the people so that they should learn a lesson and follow the admonition.


Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 5 Surah Maidah verse 5: Likewise you are permitted to marry believing chaste women, and chaste women from among the people of the Book (Jews and Christians), provided that you give them their due mahr and desire chastity, not lewdness, nor sected intrigues.


Thus according to Islam in light of the above and other aayahs of the Holy Quran, and the traditions of the Prophet (saws), the following guidance should be followed:


For a man:

Allowed to marry any chaste muslim women.

Allowed to marry chaste women of the People of the Book (Jews and Christians).

Not allowed to marry any mushrik women (Hindus, Sikhs, Budhist, etc), unless they believe.


For a woman:

Allowed to marry any chaste muslim man.

Not allowed to marry men from the People of the Book (Jews and Christians), unless they believe.

Not allowed to marry mushrik men, unless they believe.



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