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Can a man marry a woman who doesn’t wear hijab but prays?

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Alhamdulillah i’m working as a software developer. I wish that i marry a girl for whom i can arrange a job here itself in my company, inshaAllah. Following are the reasons for this intention of mine: 1) There are many muslim and non-muslim girls/women in my company. These muslim girls don’t pay namaz and don’t do hijaab. I would want that my wife pays namaz regularly, lives in hijaab and would always wear decent dress – full salwar kameez [Most of the girls here wear jeans and other stupid dresses]. She should remain as a good muslim… would avoid going to movies etc in team parties. Will not talk unnecessarily to her male colleagues. She would though try to mix with non-muslim and other girls so that they know something about the islamic culture and teachings through her nearness to them. 2) Alhamdulillah i pray namaz regularly here and i have decided that i will escort my wife to the namaz place for her namaz – after the male members have gone. The word of this prayer by a girl will spread among people and it might be that other muslim girls would also get interested for namaz. Then subsequently i will arrange for their prayers – and will not escort her anymore [so that they can pray alone]. 3) I want to portray among people here that islam is a religion of peace and purity. Women feel more respected in a islamic culture etc. I myself have always tried to be such with my colleagues. And i want that my wife does the same. So that atleast at one level we together give a positive image of islam. 4) She is professionaly qualified – and she wants to do a job. And making her work would obviously contribute to the income of the family as my family has lots of expenditure. My question: Keeping in view the above points please suggest me that can i go ahead with this plan? I understand that according to taqwa we should not make the women to go for work but in this scenario can i go ahead with this plan? Please note that presently she doesn’t do hijaab and is a career-oriented girl but prays namaaz regularly and is a religious girl. My marriage with her will certaily bring a positive change in her regarding hijaab etc inshaAllah and would result in other merits as well, as mentioned in the points above. Please advice. JazakAllah khairan.


(Fatwa: 473/438=B/1430)

Whatever you have written is the expression of your concepts and emotions. When the company has men and women as employees, then it is not good for you to allow your wife to join the company. She also should follow the other women and will uncover herself. There is vast difference between planning and action.

Allah (Subhana Wa Ta’ala) knows Best

Darul Ifta,
Darul Uloom Deoband

This answer was collected from the official ifta website of Darul Uloom Deoband in India.