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Is it possible to marry a girl without changing her religion to Islam if she is ahle kitab?

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Assalamaalikum, my question is that is it possible to marry a girl without changing her religion to islam if she is ahle qitab i.e. she already belong to the religion in which allah’s books revealed(injeel, taurat & zaboor)

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(Fatwa: 608/464/D=1431)

 

Marrying non-Muslim girl is not lawful. Presently the ahl kitab (people of the book) have usually turned atheist and freethinker. And those who are ahl kitab merely by name, there are too many evils in marrying their daughters. Hence Hadhrat Umar Farooq (رضي الله عنه) forbade people from it in his age. So a Muslim should marry only Muslim girls. It is mentioned in the holy Quran:

وَلأَمَةٌ مُّؤْمِنَةٌ خَيْرٌ مِّن مُّشْرِكَةٍ وَلَوْ أَعْجَبَتْكُمْ [البقرة : 221].

Thus, doing nikah with atheist and freethinker ahl kitab is not lawful.

Allah (Subhana Wa Ta’ala) knows Best

Darul Ifta,
Darul Uloom Deoband

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