Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Can Muslim Men Marry Christian/Jewish Women?

" In The Name Of God, The Beneficent And Most Merciful"

Asalam Alaikum

It is permissible for a Muslim man to marry a woman from the People of the Book (i.e. the Jews and the Christians), only if they fulfill certain criteria.

Allah (swt) in the glorious Quran says:

"And (Lawful in marriage are) chaste women from among the believers and chaste women from among those who were given the Scripture before you"

[Holy Quran: Surah Al-Maidah 5:5]

Based on the above verse, most of the scholars say that a Muslim man can marry any woman who is a Jew or a Christian. On the other hand, if we read the Qur’an as a whole, Allah (swt) also says that Muslims are not allowed to marry Mushriks i.e. people who associate partners with Allah (swt)

"And do not marry Mushrik (polytheistic) women until they believe. And a believing slave woman is better than a polytheist, even though she might please you"

[Holy Quran; Surah Al-Baqarah 2:221]

Moreover, we find that the Jews and the Christians too associate partners with Allah (swt).

Says Allah (swt) in the Glorious Qur’an:

"They (Jews and the Christians) have taken their scholars and monks as lords besides Allah, and (also) the Messiah, the son of Mary. And they were not commanded except to worship one God; there is no deity except Him. Exalted is He above whatever they associate with Him"

[Holy Quran; Surah At-Tawbah 9:31]

The Christians, who claim that Jesus (pbuh) is God as well as the Son of God, insist on the supposed divinity of Jesus (pbuh) and worship him as such.

"They have certainly disbelieved who say, “Allah is the Messiah, the son of Mary” while the Messiah has said, “O children of Israel, worship Allah, my Lord and your Lord.” Indeed he who associates other with Allah – Allah has forbidden him paradise and his refuge is the fire. And there are not for the wrongdoers any helpers."

[The Holy Quran; Surah Al-Maidah 5:72]

From the above-mentioned verses and many such verses of the Qur'an, it is very clear that almost all the present day Jews and the Christians are committing shirk by joining partners with Allah (swt).

In another verse of the Glorious Qur’an, Allah (swt) conciliates all the above verses by informing us that among the Jews and the Christians there are also people who are true believers i.e. they believe in only one God and do not associate partners with Allah (swt).

It says:

"Among them (Jews and the Christians) are believers but most of them are defiantly disobedient."

[The Holy Quran Surah Ali Imran 3:110]


Therefore, according to common Islamic sense and basic comprehension as Muslims, we can deduce from the above information that Muslim men are permitted to marry only those women from the People of the Book (i.e. the Jews and the Christians) who are chaste as well as who do not commit shirk i.e. those who do not believe in trinity and Jesus’ (pbuh) divinity. And Allah Knows the Best.


Anonymous said...

You mention how Muslim men can marry a Jew/Christian as long as they don't committ SHIRK. How can one be Christian and NOT believe in the hoy trinity? This seems like a contradiction.

Anonymous said...

You mention how Muslim men can marry a Jew/Christian as long as they don't committ SHIRK. How can one be Christian and NOT believe in the hoy trinity? This seems like a contradiction.

The Christians and the Jews mentioned in the Holy Quran refers to the Early Christians ,The Ebionites & The Nazarenes who are mainly Jews, way before the the Pauline Christians were formed. The y insisted on a universal necessity of following Jewish religious law and rites, which they interpreted in light of Jesus' expounding of the Law. They regarded Jesus as a mortal human messianic prophet but not as divine and so on. This Sect is a contrast to our Modern day Christians that most of us know.

Anonymous said...

What does it mean to believe? Is it mental conditioning or something deeper than that? How can you box people into categories when you know that is not the case. People understand God or a Higher Being in a manner that is suited to the way they understand the world.

Anonymous said...

hy,i'm a christian girl,and in our book Jesus izz the son of our God and in the same time izz a human like all of us...So it means that i will go in heell or what?? I like a muslim boy,and what do we have to do?

Anonymous said...

The TRUTH of the matter is Christians women and men cannot marry Muslim men or women because we are unequally yoked. Plus the light shall not walk with darkness. They do believe in Jesus, but only as a Messenger and NOT the Son of God. I found this out after consulting with the pastor of my church whom is well-versed on Islam. I am a Christian woman and have been engaged to a Muslim man for one year. He desperately wants to marry me, and I have attended the masjid many times where he worships God and listed to the Imman. We Christians believe in the trinty, the fathers, son and spirit. Jesus is the Son of God and will return to claim his children. Also ladies keep in mind, your mate has the right according to the Quoran to marry up to 4 wives as long as they can provide for each wife, they call this assisting with reproduction and populating Islam. Bottom-line, as much as I love him. I am going to end the relationship because we are unequally yoked and the bible does not allow Christians to marry anyone who does not hold the same religious values. Broken-hearted!

Anonymous said...

I consider, what is it ?error.

Anonymous said...

I'm in love with a muslim man that we both want to commit ourselves to marriage without damage our souls to part take to become one. I do believe our union was brought from God we keep God as our foundation. we are struggling spirtually about our union and how to conduct our cermony in the proper fashion that we both are happy about...

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Anonymous said...

Why Muslims and jews are enemy to each otherand how can they unite for the welfare of the mankind

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