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Marriage with a Christian Woman


Salam Walaikum, I want to know if it is permissible to marry a Christian women with her parents concern and my parents concern ? If she is willing to convert her religion to Islam before marriage itself ? How do I proceed with it ?


Salamun Alaykum,
The following is the stance of Ayatollah Syed Sistani with regards to marrying someone who is not a Muslim:

2406. A Muslim woman cannot marry a non-Muslim, and a male Muslim also cannot marry a non-Muslim woman *who are not Ahlul Kitab*. However, there is no harm in contracting temporary marriage with Jewish and Christians women, but the obligatory precaution is that *a Muslim should not take them in permanent marriage*. There are certain sects like Khawarij, Ghulat and Nawasib who claim to be Muslims, but are classified as non-Muslims. Muslim men and women cannot contract permanent or temporary marriage with them.

If she were to convert to Islam before marriage, that would make her a Muslim, enabling marriage without any conditions as such.

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