What Are the Conditions Of a Nikah When Marrying a Christian Woman?

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Question: What are the conditions to fulfill a marriage contract for marrying a Christian woman? Do divorced women in this case and in general require a wali or wakil?


Assalamu alaykum,

Thank you for your question. I pray that Allah blesses your union and gives her the opportunity to learn about Islam and convert by the grace of Allah. It will make a world of difference regarding the children.

Please see this link for the minimum conditions for a valid marriage contract:

A divorced or single Muslim woman must have a wali for her marriage, but there is room in the Hanafi school for her not to have a wali at all. I still highly encourage that you gain the consent of her father and your own. Parents deserve this much respect. May Allah give you both the best in this world and the next.

[Ustadha] Shazia Ahmad

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Ustadha Shazia Ahmad lived in Damascus, Syria for two years where she studied aqidah, fiqh, tajweed, tafseer, and Arabic. She then attended the University of Texas at Austin, where she completed her Master’s in Arabic. Afterward, she moved to Amman, Jordan where she studied fiqh, Arabic, and other sciences. She recently moved back to Mississauga, Canada, where she lives with her family.

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