About six months ago, I married a Christian woman. I have a concern thatshould she mother my children, they (my children) might not be raised Islamically. Can I divorce her due to this concern?

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It is surprising that you address such a major concern only after
marrying the person. Marriage is a major step in life. You ought to have
understood the implications of marrying such a person before marriage.
However, since you have already married the person in question, we advise
you to exercise caution in your intention of divorcing her. The wisdom of
the permissibility of marrying a woman from the Ahlul Kitaab (Jews and
Christians) is to use one’s influence to convert her to Islam. Divorcing her
may have a devastating effect on her as well as have a negative image of
Islam and Muslims. Unfortunately, many Muslim men marry Christian women and
divorce or abandon them after abusing them. Your marriage is young and you
should apply wisdom and invite her towards Islam. However, if after making
an effort to do so, you are unsuccessful and you are almost certain that she
will be an unsuitable mother for your children, then you should make
Istikhaara (seek Divine guidance) in discontinuing the marriage.

From: Al Mahmood 13 Q & A from the Darul Ifta
Mufti Ebrahim Desai

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