Having a Christian marriage ceremony after Islamic nikaah

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Q: If a Muslim man and woman get married according to Islamic law , then afterwards by the urging of the husband and the non Muslim family members, they perform a second marriage ceremony under Christian laws at a church ,where does this leave them according to islam?. Are they still lawfully married ? , and are they still Muslim?


A: If it was done entirely under the Christian system then they would have had to make utterances of christianity, and these utterances are utterances of kufr and disbelief. Hence, if they willfully made utterances of disbelief they are no longer muslims. There is no point asking about them.

And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.


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Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from, where the questions have been answered by Mufti Zakaria Makada (Hafizahullah), who is currently a senior lecturer in the science of Hadith and Fiqh at Madrasah Ta’leemuddeen, Isipingo Beach, South Africa.

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