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Can I marry a Shia girl if my family disagrees due to religious differences?

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I am a Sunni Muslim i want to marry a Shia girl.MY father is ready with this but my mother and her sisters are not ready with this,as They think that shia’s have different lifestyle and will not be able to adjust,Secondly the major question which at times Knocks me too,is shia muslim prioritize Hazrat Ali (R.A) over Prophet Mohammed (S.A.W) and disrespect/disagree or Khalifas Hazrat Abu Bakr siddique (R.A)and hazrat Omar (R.A).. Does she need to change her practices and her perspective .. What all the grounds on which i should make her understand and decide on marrying her. Further i am the one who has proposed her,and promised that everyone will agree to our decision,but know if i turn back saying that marrying her is not jaiz/allowed, will i not be held responsible for betraying her in the eyes of sharia. I,hereby request you to sujjest me the best possible way to come out from this and take decision which leads success in this life and hereafter.

Answer

(Fatwa: 282/282/M=1431)

In the case mentioned in the question, the best way for you is to abandon the intention of marrying the Shia girl. Going against one’s promise is permissible in this case; since there is a legal excuse from the Shariah.

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.

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