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I reverted to Islam, does this now mean I have to divorce my christan husband of over 16 years?

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We have been happily married, and now are no longer to have children. He does not mind my being muslim and respects my beleifs. We love each over very much and do not want to part. And he is not willing to revert to Islam just to say married, only if it came from his heart then he would revert. But Its not likely to happen anytime soon.

Answer

If the non-Muslim woman reverts to Islam but her non-Muslim husband does not
do so, then after the passing of 3 menstrual cycles, the marriage will
terminate.

We understand your predicament and sympathise with you. If you are able to
separate from your husband if he does not revert to Islam, then in the eyes
of Allah, this would be highly loved and appreciated. If you cannot part
from him, then you should not turn away from Islam. Therefore, if you have
to remain with him, then daily make Istighfaar (seek Allah’s forgiveness)
and constantly invite your husband towards Islam with Hikmat (wisdom) and
patience. Do not be overbearing as this might turn him away from Islam.

May Allah Ta’ala bless your husband with Islam, make your life easy for you
and may He grant you the strength and ability to obey his commands, Aameen.

and Allah Ta’ala Knows Best

Mufti Ebrahim Desai

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