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Can we(muslims) marry christians?

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and the other one is quite embrangling for me... is that.. can we(muslims) marry christians? well as being ehl-e-kitab we can... but the christians do shirk..ie they say jesus is a son of God... which is not according to the teachings of islam...and we should not marry those who do shirk!!!

 

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Marry Christians shirk

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.

 

Your Question: can we(muslims) marry christians? well as being ehl-e-kitab we can

Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 5 Surah Maidah verse 5:

5 This day are (all) things good and pure made lawful unto you. The food of the People of the Book is lawful unto you and yours is lawful unto them. (Lawful unto you in marriage) are (not only) chaste women who are believers, but chaste women among the People of the Book revealed before your time when ye give them their due dowers and desire chastity not lewdness nor secret intrigues. If anyone rejects faith fruitless is his work and in the Hereafter he will be in the ranks of those who have lost

 

Allah Subhanah has indeed given permission for the believers to marry chaste women from among the People of the Book, if they wish to do so.

 


Your Statement: ... but the christians do shirk..ie they say jesus is a son of God... which is not according to the teachings of islam

Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 9 Surah Taubah verse 30:

30 The Jews call Uzair a son of Allah and the Christians call Christ the son of Allah! That is a saying from their mouths; (in this) they but imitate what the unbelievers of old used to say. Allah's curse be on them: how they are deluded away from the Truth!

 

Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 5 Surah Maidah verses 72-73:

72 They do blaspheme who say: "Allah is Christ, the son of Mary." But said Christ: "O children of Israel! Worship Allah, my Lord and your Lord." Whoever joins other gods with Allah, Allah will forbid him the garden and the Fire will be his abode. There will for the wrong-doers be no one to help.

73 They do blaspheme who say: Allah is one of three in a Trinity: for there is no god except One Allah. If they desist not from their word (of blasphemy) verily a grievous penalty will befall the blasphemers among them.

 

Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 4 Surah Nisaa verse 171:

171 O people of the Book! Commit no excesses in your religion: nor say of Allah aught but Truth. Christ Jesus the son of Mary was (no more than) a Messenger of Allah, and His Word which He bestowed on Mary, and a Spirit proceeding from Him: so believe in Allah and His Messengers. Say not "Trinity": desist: it will be better for you: for Allah is One Allah: Glory be to Him: (for Exalted is He) above having a son! To Him belong all things in the heavens and on earth. And enough is Allah as a Disposer of affairs.

 

Even when the Quran was being revealed, the Christians believed in the falsehood that Prophet Jesus (a.s.) was the son of Allah Subhanah! But in spite of their this false belief and blasphemy, Allah Subhanah has permitted the believers to marry amongst the chaste Christian woman, if they choose to do so.

 

Your Statement: and we should not marry those who do shirk!!!

Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 2 Surah Baqarah verse 221:

221 Do not marry unbelieving women (idolaters) until they believe; a slave woman who believes is better than an unbelieving woman even though she allure you. Nor marry (your girls) to unbelievers until they believe: a man slave who believes is better than un unbeliever even though he allure you. Unbelievers do (but) beckon you to the fire. But Allah beckons by His grace to the Garden (of Bliss) and forgiveness and makes His Signs clear to mankind: that they may celebrate His praise.

 

Indeed, Allah Subhanah has forbidden the believers to marry amongst the mushriks (polytheists or idolators). Even though the Quran holds the Jews and the Christians guilty of the abominations of blasphemy, disbelief and shirk; Allah refers to them as the People of the Book because unlike the other mushriks, the People of the Book in essence believe in the true concept of monotheism or One God through the Divine Scriptures that Allah Subhanah sent towards them, but they themselves twisted the Truth and invented false beliefs without any authority.

 

Besides believing in the essence of monotheism, the People of the Book believe in all the other aspects of faith: ie. in the concept of the Messengers, in the concept of Divine Books, in the concept of the Angels, in the concept of Paradise and Hell in the Hereafter, and in the concept of the Divine Decrees. Because their belief in the elements of emaan or faith are so close to the belief of the believers in their essence, the Lord Most Merciful has granted them a special status and separated them from the other mushriks, and named them The People of the Book.

 

There is a huge misunderstanding and confusion in the Muslim Ummah today that the People of the Book commit shirk, therefore the laws of the permissibility of their food and the marriage with their woman are forbidden to the believers. Allah Subhanah Himself in the Quran declares that the People of the Book commit shirk, but in spite of that has given them a special status as the People of the Book and made it permissible for the believers to marry amongst their woman and eat of their food; if they wish to do so.

 

Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allahs Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me. Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.

 

Your Brother in Islam,

 

 

Burhan

 


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