________________________________________________________________________ | w w w |\ | || || | || |\ | o_,_7 _|| . _o_7 _|| 4_|_|| o_w_, |\ | ( : / (_) / ( . |\ | |\ | || || | || |T | | || | |\ | . _, _8 |_D_|| . _,_,_,_D_|| 4_|| q ]_o_7_o _|_c 4_|_|| _|,_p q |\ | (_): / (_): . : / (_S (_S / |\ | |\ | In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the All-Merciful |\ | Greeting of Allah be upon Muhammad and the pure members of his House |\ |_______________________________________________________________________|\ Salamun Alaykum, The following question was kindly answered by Mulla Asghar. Regards Abbas Jaffer Moderator - ABDG-A. ............................................................................... Question: According to religious laws of Shia, a Muslim man can temporarily marry a Christian or Jew woman (as well as a Muslim woman). As far as I understand a Muslim man is not allowed to marry temporarily a woman having a religion except those mentioned above. In practice, some problems occur that I could not find solutions for them in the practical (Amalieh) Risalah. These problems are listed in the following. Could you please answer these problems or questions according to Ay. Sistani or Khamenei or Fazel-Lankarani? If finding answers according to the above-mentioned persons is not possible at the present or it needs to be asked them directly, could you answer them according to Shia's Feqh resources like Sharh-Al-Lom'eh (by Shahid Al-Thani) or so on. Q.1. In western countries the majority of people are Christians. However, there are people who are not, in the meantime, Muslims or Jews. Is it allowed not to ask her religion while Muta? In other words, is it allowed to presume that she is Christian as the majority of people in society are Christians? Q.2. When a Christian (or Jew) unmarried woman has lost her virginity due to her previous relationships, is her father permission for marriage temporarily (Muta) needed? Q.3. When we find that she is single, Is it necessary to ask her that whether she has a boyfriend at the present or not? If she does, is it allowed to marry her temporarily? If she doesn't, is it necessary to ask her about previous relationships? In other words, is it necessary to ask her that her EDEH (about 45 days in Muta) is over? and also to tell her to keep EDEH after expiring the period of Muta, while she does not believe to these rules or may not do as requested? In summary, should we ask her about EDEH? and without asking in this regard, can we do Muta? With many thanks. ............................................................................ Answer: Q1. In a country where the population is predominantly Christian, you may presume that she is also Christian. Q2. The father's permission is not required if she has had previous relationships as described. Q3. It is not necessary to ask but if she is currently in a relationship you cannot marry her. It is not necessary to ask about previous relationships or how long ago they took place. However, it is necessary to explain to her the rules of Mut'a and explain about the Iddah to follow, even if she does not later do as requested. And Allah knows better. Asgharali M M Jaffer.