Unlawful to marry disbeliever.
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I have a friend who is a new Muslim sister having taken Shahada last year. she lives in an area where there is no Muslim community at all and, even though she would like to make hijri to a Muslim country, she is financially unable to do so. She is a widow and would very much like to marry again. But, as aforementioned, there is no Muslim community near her and there are other problems she is facing also. She is a widow, past the age of child-bearing, would it be permitted for her to marry a christian man or a Jewish man, since she can not bring children into the marriage and her children are adults?
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Unlawful to marry disbeliever
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Your Question: She is a widow, past the age of child-bearing, would it be permitted for her to marry a christian man or a Jewish man,
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 idolatrous woman even though she allure you. Nor marry (your girls) to disbelievers until they believe: a man slave who believes is better than a disbeliever even though he allure you. Disbelievers 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.
Respected Sister in Islam, it is categorically and unconditionally forbidden, prohibited, unlawful and illegal for a woman who sincerely believes in Allah and the Last Day to marry any man other than a believer. The marriage of a believing woman with a disbeliever is categorically forbidden, prohibited, and absolutely unlawful in the Sight of Shariah Law and in the Sight of Allah Subhanah.
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