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['Aalim Network QR] Permanent Marriage to a Christian Woman


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Salamun alaykum,

	The reply to the following question was kindly provided by Mulla
Asghar.

Wasalaam,

Mustafa Rawji
Moderator, 'Aalim Network
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QUESTION:
 
I have a question regarding a Shi'ite muslim man marrying a catholic
Christian woman.  If they recited the nikah according to Islamic Sharia
but she does not follow the rulings in her daily life and got married in
the christian manner also, is that marriage valid. 
 
What are the rulings regarding the validity of this marriage.

Thank you.
 
 
ANSWER:
 
A Muslim man cannot permanently marry a non-Muslim woman, even if she is
Ahlul Kitab.  Therefore the marriage to a woman who has not converted to
Islam is void.  But if the woman converted then the marriage is valid,
even if she may not be following Sharia strictly.  However, if she
reneges, or goes back to her Catholic faith, the marriage will become void
immediately. 

Asgharali M.M. Jaffer
 



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