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Clarification on Jain Issue

Mu' meneen Brothers and Sisters,

As Salaam Aleikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh.  (May Allah's Peace, Mercy and Blessings be upon all of you)



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dear bro burhan,

assalamu'alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa'barakatohu,

may this mail find you in the best of eemaan, taqwa & wellbeing. Ur answers look well balanced, to the point. may allah (swt) increase you in strength and wisdom so that you can do justice in the task you strive.

in ur last response to the sister who has married a jain person, i thought you missed one point. which is regarding that marriage of a believing woman to other than the people of the book is forbidden in islam.

i would request you to enlighten her in this regard as well with hikmat as allah has bestowed you with masha'allah. jazakallah khair.

wassalam wa fi amanallah,

ur brother in islam,


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Clarification on Jain Issue

In the name of Allah, We praise Him, seek His help and ask for His  forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and whoever 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.


This statement is from the original letter: I am a 31 yrs old woman Bohra and in the community. I am married to an outsider (Jain) man for the last few years. He had to go thru a lot of trials and tribulations inorder to marry learn the namaaz, do misaq, attend mosques and he still keeps on doing the necessary since my parents are in the same town and he wants to keep everybody happy.


It is indeed true that Allah Subhanah has forbidden the believing woman from marrying people of other faith, unless they believe. The sister who wrote this letter was married to this man from the Jain community, who had accepted Islam, learnt the prayer, attended mosques, etc. Thus, as soon as any person declares the testification of faith, he will be deemed a legal muslim; and all the rights that are due to a muslim brother, will be accorded to him; including being able to marry a believing woman.


Now whether the person who has declared the testification of faith, declared it from his heart, or only verbally to be able to legally marry a muslim woman is not something we, as human beings, are allowed to determine. This decision whether he really believed from his heart or not, will be made by Allah Subhanah on the Day of Judgment. Once someone declares the shahaadah, he will be recognized as a believer, and all the rights due to a muslim will be accorded to him. Thus her marriage was perfectly legal in the sight of Shariah; if the husband only said the shahaadah verbally and did not really believe nor practice the faith of Islam, he will have to account for his deeds in the Court of Allah Subhanah.


Allah Subhanah has not given the believers the power, nor the right to look into the hearts of other believers, and determine their real intentions; that Right is with Allah Subhanah Alone.


Your Statement: which is regarding that marriage of a believing woman to other than the people of the book is forbidden in islam.

Beloved brother, Allah Subhanah has permitted the believing woman, who sincerely believe in Allah and the Last Day, to marry only the believers! Men from all other faiths, including the People of the Book, are forbidden for a believing woman to marry, unless they accept Islam.


Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 2 Surah Baqarah verse 221 (part):Do not wed your women to mushrik men, unless they believe.


But Allah Subhanah has given permission to the believing men, if they wish to do so, to marry chaste and righteous woman from among the People of the Book, without them converting to Islam.


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.


Your Brother in Islam,





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