If someone is marrying outside of Islam but they are doing a nikaa,
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If someone is marrying outside of Islam but they are doing a nikaa, does the non muslim have to covert to Islam before the nikaa ceremony is done?
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Nikaah and conversion to Islam
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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.
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
In light of the above clear guidance of the Glorious Quran, it is absolutely forbidden for a believing woman to marry an unbelieving man, unless he first declares belief; and similarly it is absolutely forbidden for a believing man to marry an unbelieving woman (except a Jew or a Christian), unless she first declares belief. Allah Subhanah has permitted the believing men to marry chaste women from amongst the People of the Book (Jews and Christians), even if they dont declare belief.
Your Question: If someone is marrying outside of Islam but they are doing a nikaa, does the non muslim have to covert to Islam before the nikaa ceremony is done?
If a believing woman wishes to perform her nikaah with a man who is a disbeliever, then it is a precondition that the man must declare belief and convert to Islam before the Nikaah ceremony.
If a believing man wishes to perform nikaah with a woman who is a disbeliever (except if she is a Jew or a Christian), then it is a precondition that the woman must declare belief and convert to Islam before the Nikaah ceremony.
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