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Q:

Salam, I am a born Muslim and I have fallen in love with a hindu guy. Although he has said he is not really a hindu, has just been born in a hindu family but is not a practising hindu. We both love each other and even have planned to marry one another we have not yet tell anything to our parents yet as we ourselves are not sure if this has any future for us. I would have been happy if he was already a muslim but i do not want to force or ask him to convert. I have let this decision on himself. I want to marry him but i am confused as I do not want to upset Allah or my parents. Please tell me is there any way out of this? Can i marry that hindu guy or am i allowed to do so? Or suggest me an advice. Please help me in this regard so i can talk to my parents asap after your answer. Thank you.

A:

Alaykum Salaam,

You cannot marry a person who is Hindu. The Qur’an 2:221 has the following advice:

“And do not marry polytheistic women until they believe. And a believing slave woman is better than a polytheist, even though she might please you. And do not marry polytheistic men [to your women] until they believe. And a believing slave is better than a polytheist, even though he might please you. Those invite [you] to the Fire, but Allah invites to Paradise and to forgiveness, by His permission. And He makes clear His verses to the people that perhaps they may remember.”

Therefore, no matter what you feel at present, in the long term such a relationship will not be in your interest.

Instead, if you choose to respect Allah’s commands, even though difficult, He will certainly bless you in the future.

Kind regards

Abbas Jaffer