Can a Sunni boy or girl marry a Shia boy or girl?

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Can a Sunni boy or girl marry a shia boy or girl?


In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.

Marriage is a very important step in one’s life, it is a lifetime commitment in which a long-term relationship is established as a family, as a means of bringing comfort and joy to both spouses and raising righteous Muslim children. One will enjoy a blissful marriage in choosing a righteous spouse with correct beliefs and good conduct. If one marries such a spouse who holds wrong beliefs or bad conduct, then this will lead to having grief, remorse and constant turbulence in the marriage.

Furthermore, both spouses have influence over each other, having a spouse with correct traits and beliefs will have a positive effect on one’s self and children. Conversely, if the spouse holds wrong traits and beliefs, there is a fear of one adopting such beliefs from the spouse and subsequently, the children will inculcate such beliefs as well.

Islam and Shi’ism and in particular present day Ja’fari Shias are two opposite streams of thought that can never converge.

It is not permissible to marry present day Ja’fari Shias.[1]


You may refer to the following article for further information with regards to the beliefs of Ja’fari Shias.


                                      Unbridgeable Divide
Issued by: UUCSA 


The protracted contrariety between Islam and Shi’ism is but a clear reflection of fundamental differences between the two. The only common denominator between Islam and Shi’ism is the Islamic Kalimah. The rest of Shi’ism has very little in common with mainstream Islam. The unbridgeable divide between the two is entrenched in some of the core fundamentals of this sect, such as:



Imaamah is a divine station like Nubuwwat. This implies that Sunnis, who do not believe in Imaamah, are unbelievers. According to their beliefs, Allah had chosen twelve men to succeed Nabi (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam). The twelfth Imaam however disappeared at the age of five. He is believed to be the awaited Mahdi.



The Imaams possess more knowledge than the Ambiyaa. They are superior to the Ambiyaa and the entire creation. The Imaams can bring the dead back to life. No knowledge of the heavens and the earth is hidden from them.



The Qur’an is incomplete and distorted in its present form. This tenet had been explicity propounded by the classical scholars of Shi’ism, but frugally denied by the contemporary scholars.



The Sahaaba were guilty of wilfully distorting and corrupting the Deen of Muhammad (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam). They turned renegade after the demise of Nabi (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam) except the immediate household of Nabi (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam).





Islam and Shi’ism are two parallel streams of thought that can never converge. They are as distinct from each other, as is Islam to the Ahlul-Kitaab.To ignore these differences is to ignore the stark reality.

The often repeated hallowed call for “Muslim Unity” simply serves as a smokescreen, behind which Shi’a missionaries penetrate Muslim societies. Any attempt to resist this imposition is branded as “divisive”. Would it be divisive to protect Islam from a sect that inherently debases the Qur’an, the Ambiyaa, and the Sahaaba? Unity can only be forged on the basis of Aqeedah (belief). To label these differences as ‘hair-splitting issues’ is to undermine the sanctity of the Qur’an, the Ambiyaa and the Sahaaba unity at the cost of the Qur’an is tantamount to blasphemy.

The constitution of our country guarantees religious freedom. The Shi’as therefore have the right to propagate their beliefs. However, they need to come out of the closet and do so under the banner of Shi’ism.

End of article by UUCSA



And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best

Fahad Abdul Wahab

Student Darul Iftaa


Checked and Approved by,                                                                                    Mufti Ebrahim Desai                                                                                                                              





[1] [بدائع الصنائع ج٣ دار الكتب العلمية]

ومنها أن لا تكون المرأة مشركة إذا كان الرجل مسلما، فلا يجوز للمسلم أن ينكح المشركة؛ لقوله تعالى: {ولا تنكحوا المشركات حتى يؤمن} [البقرة: 221]…ص٤٥٨

ومنها إسلام الرجل إذا كانت المرأة مسلمة فلا يجوز إنكاح المؤمنة الكافر؛ لقوله تعالى: {ولا تنكحوا المشركين حتى يؤمنوا} [البقرة: 221] …ص٤٦٠

و لا يجوز للمرتد ان يتزوج مرتدة و لا مسلمة و لا كافرة اصلية و كذلك لا يجوز نكاح المرتدة مع احد كذا في المبسوط

[فتاوي هندية ج١ ص٢٨٢ رشيدية]

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احسن الفتاوي ج٥ ص٩٠ سعيد

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