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Marrying a Shi’ah

Fatwaa ID: 2130

Asalamualaykum wrwb a man wants to marry a Shia woman who is saying she’ll convert into Sunni beliefs. Is that a valid marriage if he takes her word for it?

In the Name of Allaah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
As-salaamu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullaahi wa-barakaatuh.

At the outset, when choosing a spouse, one should identify someone compatible and upon the Deen. The spouse will be the parent of one’s children. The spiritual well-being of the child would be affected by this. Furthermore, a person is affected by his spouse. He should keep in mind the long term effects and goals, including the Hereafter.

Nevertheless, it is not permissible to marry a Shi’ah. In many cases, the nikaah will be invalid and their life will be that of zina. If she sincerely accepts Islam before the nikaah, then the nikaah will be valid. If she promises to accept it afterwards, that would not be permissible.

And Allaah Ta’aala knows best.
Mufti Muajul I. Chowdhury
Darul Iftaa New York

08/05/1445 AH – 02/15/2024 CE | AML1-9802

وصل اللهم وسلم وبارك على سيدنا محمد وعلى ءاله وصحبه أجمعين


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