Why marry the people of Hell?

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If Christians and Jews are people of the Hell, then why did Allah allow Muslim men to marry them? Why didn’t Allah allow men to marry the Hindu women who is also going to go to Hell? Do all of the Islamic Scholars agree that Christians and Jews will go to Hell? What is going to happen to a Jew who dies for the sake of Allah?


It is not permissible for a Muslim female to marry a non-Muslim male.
However, a Muslim male may marry only Christian or Jewish female. It is not
permissible for a Muslim male to marry any other non-Muslim female. This is
the law of Allah Ta’ala and, as Muslims, we express submission by simply
obeying Allah without questioning his order. However, every order of Allah
Ta’ala is full of wisdom.

The reason it is permissible for the Muslim male to marry a non-Muslim
female is that he would be able to easily convince the Christian or Jewish
wife into accepting Islam as she believes in a heavenly revealed. This is
not so for a Hindu or an adherent of any other religion. There is a
possibility of the non-Muslim male convincing his Muslim wife into
abandoning Islam. Therefore, Islam has considered her feminine nature and
protected her correct beliefs from being a victim of abuse from the male

The Muslim husband is not obliged to pressurise his Christian/Jewish wife to
accept Islam. He may apply wisdom and diplomacy and only influence her to
Islam. In Islam, a female is equally respected as a male, however, due to
the different masculine and feminine natures, Islam believes in separation
of roles. It is obvious that there are many things a male can do, which is
not easily possible for a female and vice versa.

and Allah Ta’ala Knows Best

Mufti Ebrahim Desai

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