Can a non-Muslim man convert to Islam when married to a non-Muslim woman who will not convert?

Could the converted husband practice Islam in good conscience while remaining married to his non-Muslim wife? Serious answers only, please.

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  • Anonymous
    7 years ago
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    Read a similar answer from a salafi scholar.

    Does a new Muslim have to leave his wife if she does not become Muslim?.

    Praise be to Allaah.

    It depends. If she is Jewish or Christian, he does not have to leave her, because it is permissible for a Muslim man to marry a Jewish or Christian woman, or to remain married to her. But if she is not Jewish or Christian, then when he becomes Muslim the marriage is annulled, because he is no longer permissible for her and she is not permissible for him. But he should give her time until the ‘iddah ends. If she becomes Muslim before the ‘iddah ends, then she is still his wife, but if she does not become Muslim, then the marriage is over and is regarded as having been annulled from the time the husband became Muslim. End quote.

    Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen (may Allah have mercy on him)

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  • Orna
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    For the best answers, search on this site

    If a Muslim man marries a non-muslim woman, he has no right to convert her without her will. And a Muslim woman cannot marry to a non-muslim guy because... 1) A Muslim woman should obey her husband, which makes it very difficult to practice in reality if the husband doesn't have the same values 2) A Muslim man doesn't have to abide by any of the Islamic rulings governing marriage, so the woman is in considerable disadvantage (ie: eating halaal(allowed) , raising kids, learning about the deen, letting his wife wearing proper hijaab(head scarf), going to pilgrimage, circumcision etc.) 3) Since he isn't required to abide by Islamic law, he could earn haraam(forbidden) money, and if she isn't working, that means that she won't be able to go to pilgrimage, her food and sustenance will not be halaal, etc. 4) A Muslim woman has the right to a mahr (bridal gift) and several guarantees in case of divorce, which would not be guaranteed by any imaam since he has no authority over the non-muslim husband 5) A Muslim woman may return her mahr if she decides to divorce her husband, which is, in my understanding, her only recourse if he REFUSES to divorce her with full rights, and this dissolution would be inapplicable in a marriage to a man who a) didn't give a mahr, b) doesn't recognize this sort of dissolution, c) cannot be forced to recognize it 6) The husband is, in islam, the one responsible for the maintenance, safety and growth of the wife and kids, if he's earning 7araam, doesn't believe in the deen and can't be held accountable, how can the woman protect herself, grow as a muslimah (as we are all obliged to do), and raise her kids as muslims Of course these things are for those who live in accordance with the teachings and obligations of Islam. If a woman is just a Muslim by name, she wouldn't follow this rule and get marry to a non-muslim person. Peace and blessings.

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  • Wise
    Lv 5
    7 years ago

    I suggest you contact your local mosque and ask them. A muslim man can only marry a muslim, a Christian or a Jew (what is referred to as people of the book), however not sure if you need to get a muslim religious marriage now that you converted. Please check with a learned scholar, a lot of nonsense is being said here.

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  • 7 years ago

    Yes. From what I know of Islamic - non Islamic couples I have known, it´s always the man´s religion that is important. A Muslim man can be married to a non-muslim woman, but a non-muslim man can´t be married to a muslim woman. Not sure why, but that´s the way it is.

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  • Anonymous
    5 years ago

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  • 4 years ago

    muslim man convert islam married muslim woman convert

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  • Anonymous
    6 years ago

    Dear muslims :

    Over the years, we tried to create humanitarian face from Islam

    op #keepislampure

    Hope for change and a better future

    unfortunately all efforts led to the failure

    islam ideology is inherently hospitalized for brutality

    as we know, freedom is an undeniable logic and an unavoidable destination for the humanity so..

    one day somebody's gonna have to make a stand. one day somebody's gonna have to say "enough"...

    enough barbarism ..

    enough slavery..

    enough Child abuse.

    shall we play A game?

    verses from the quran

    إِنَّمَا جَزَاء الَّذِينَ يُحَارِبُونَ اللّهَ وَرَسُولَهُ وَيَسْعَوْنَ فِي الأَرْضِ فَسَادًا أَن يُقَتَّلُواْ أَوْ يُصَلَّبُواْ أَوْ تُقَطَّعَ أَيْدِيهِمْ وَأَرْجُلُهُم مِّنْ خِلافٍ أَوْ يُنفَوْاْ مِنَ الأَرْضِ ذَلِكَ لَهُمْ خِزْيٌ فِي الدُّنْيَا وَلَهُمْ فِي الآخِرَةِ عَذَابٌ عَظِيمٌ .. مائده/33

    The reward of those who wage war against Allah and His Messenger and strive to create disorder in the land is only this that they be slain or crucified or their hands and their feet be cut off on alternate sides, or they be expelled from the land. That shall be a disgrace for them in this world, and in the Hereafter they shall have a great punishment

    فَإِذا لَقِيتُمُ الَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا فَضَرْبَ الرِّقَابِ حَتَّى إِذَا أَثْخَنتُمُوهُمْ فَشُدُّوا الْوَثَاقَ فَإِمَّا مَنًّا بَعْدُ وَإِمَّا فِدَاء حَتَّى تَضَعَ الْحَرْبُ أَوْزَارَهَا ذَلِكَ وَلَوْ يَشَاءُ اللَّهُ لَانتَصَرَ مِنْهُمْ وَلَكِن لِّيَبْلُوَ بَعْضَكُم بِبَعْضٍ وَالَّذِينَ قُتِلُوا فِي سَبِيلِ اللَّهِ فَلَن يُضِلَّ أَعْمَالَهُمْ ..محمد/4

    And when you meet e those who disbelieve, smite their necks; and, when you have overcome them, bind fast the fetters — then afterwards either release them as a favour or by taking ransom — until the war lays down its burdens. That is the ordinance. And if Allah had so pleased, He could have punished them Himself, but He has willed that He may try some of you by others. And those who are killed in the way of Allah — He will never render their works vain.

    يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُواْ قَاتِلُواْ الَّذِينَ يَلُونَكُم مِّنَ الْكُفَّارِ وَلْيَجِدُواْ فِيكُمْ غِلْظَةً وَاعْلَمُواْ أَنَّ اللّهَ مَعَ الْمُتَّقِينَ ..توبه/123

    O ye who believe! fight such of the disbelievers as are near to you and let them find savageryin you; and know that Allah is with the righteous

    وَقَالَتِ الْيَهُودُ عُزَيْرٌ ابْنُ اللّهِ وَقَالَتْ النَّصَارَى الْمَسِيحُ ابْنُ اللّهِ ذَلِكَ قَوْلُهُم بِأَفْوَاهِهِمْ يُضَاهِؤُونَ قَوْلَ الَّذِينَ كَفَرُواْ مِن قَبْلُ قَاتَلَهُمُ اللّهُ أَنَّى يُؤْفَكُونَ" ..توبه/30

    And the Jews say, Ezra is the son of Allah, and the Christians say, the Messiah is the son of Allah; that is what they say with their mouths. They imitate the saying of those who disbelieved before them. Allah’s curse be on them! How are they turned away!

    "قَاتِلُواْ الَّذِينَ لاَ يُؤْمِنُونَ بِاللّهِ وَلاَ بِالْيَوْمِ الآخِرِ وَلاَ يُحَرِّمُونَ مَا حَرَّمَ اللّهُ وَرَسُولُهُ وَلاَ يَدِينُونَ دِينَ الْحَقِّ مِنَ الَّذِينَ أُوتُواْ الْكِتَابَ حَتَّى يُعْطُواْ الْجِزْيَةَ عَن يَدٍ وَهُمْ صَاغِرُونَ" ..توبه/29

    Fight those from among the People of the Book who believe not in Allah, nor in the Last Day, nor hold as unlawful what Allah and His Messenger have declared to be unlawful, nor follow the true religion, until they pay the tax with their own hand and acknowledge their subjection.

    "يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُواْ إِنَّمَا الْمُشْرِكُونَ نَجَسٌ فَلاَ يَقْرَبُواْ الْمَسْجِدَ الْحَرَامَ بَعْدَ عَامِهِمْ هَذَا وَإِنْ خِفْتُمْ عَيْلَةً فَسَوْفَ يُغْنِيكُمُ اللّهُ مِن فَضْلِهِ إِن شَاء إِنَّ اللّهَ عَلِيمٌ حَكِيم "..توبه/28

    O ye who believe! surely, the unbelievers are unclean. So they shall not approach the Sacred Mosque after this year of theirs. And if you fear poverty, Allah will enrich you out of His bounty, if He pleases. Surely, Allah is All-Knowing, Wise.

    فَإِذَا انسَلَخَ الأَشْهُرُ الْحُرُمُ فَاقْتُلُواْ الْمُشْرِكِينَ حَيْثُ وَجَدتُّمُوهُمْ وَخُذُوهُمْ وَاحْصُرُوهُمْ وَاقْعُدُواْ لَهُمْ كُلَّ مَرْصَدٍ فَإِن تَابُواْ وَأَقَامُواْ الصَّلاَةَ وَآتَوُاْ الزَّكَاةَ فَخَلُّواْ سَبِيلَهُمْ إِنَّ اللّهَ غَفُورٌ رَّحِيمٌ ..توبه/5

    And when the forbidden months have passed, kill the unbelievers wherever you find them and take them prisoners, and beleaguer them, and lie in wait for them at every place of ambush. But if they repent and observe Prayer and pay the Zakat, then leave their way free. Surely, Allah is Most Forgiving, Merciful.

    وَاللاَّتِي يَأْتِينَ الْفَاحِشَةَ مِن نِّسَآئِكُمْ فَاسْتَشْهِدُواْ عَلَيْهِنَّ أَرْبَعةً مِّنكُمْ فَإِن شَهِدُواْ فَأَمْسِكُوهُنَّ فِي الْبُيُوتِ حَتَّىَ يَتَوَفَّاهُنَّ الْمَوْتُ أَوْ يَجْعَلَ اللّهُ لَهُنَّ سَبِيلًا ..نساء/15

    And those of your women who are guilty of lewdness — call to witness four of you against them; and if they bear witness, then confine them to the houses until death overtake them or Allah open for them a way.

    وَاللَّذَانَ يَأْتِيَانِهَا مِنكُمْ فَآذُوهُمَا فَإِن تَابَا وَأَصْلَحَا فَأَعْرِضُواْ عَنْهُمَا إِنَّ اللّهَ كَانَ تَوَّابًا رَّحِيمًا ..نساء/16..

    And if two men from among you are guilty of it, punish them both. And if they repent and amend, then leave them alone; surely, Allah is Oft-Returning with compassion and is Merciful.

    طلاق / 4

    وَاللَّائِي يَئِسْنَ مِنَ الْمَحِيضِ مِن نِّسَائِكُمْ إِنِ ارْتَبْتُمْ فَعِدَّتُهُنَّ ثَلَاثَةُ أَشْهُرٍ وَاللَّائِي لَمْ يَحِضْنَ وَأُوْلَاتُ الْأَحْمَالِ أَجَلُهُنَّ أَن يَضَعْنَ حَمْلَهُنَّ وَمَن يَتَّقِ اللَّهَ يَجْعَل لَّهُ مِنْ أَمْرِهِ يُسْرًا

    And those of your women as have passed the age of monthly courses, for them the 'Iddah (prescribed period), if you have doubts (about their periods), is three months, and for those who have no courses [(i.e. they are still immature) their 'Iddah (prescribed period) is three months likewise, except in case of death] . And for those who are pregnant (whether they are divorced or their husbands are dead), their 'Iddah (prescribed period) is until they deliver (their burdens), and whosoever fears Allah and keeps his duty to Him, He will make his matter easy for him.

    بقره/ 221

    وَلاَ تَنكِحُواْ الْمُشْرِكَاتِ حَتَّى يُؤْمِنَّ وَلأَمَةٌ مُّؤْمِنَةٌ خَيْرٌ مِّن مُّشْرِكَةٍ وَلَوْ أَعْجَبَتْكُمْ وَلاَ تُنكِحُواْ الْمُشِرِكِينَ حَتَّى يُؤْمِنُواْ وَلَعَبْدٌ مُّؤْمِنٌ خَيْرٌ مِّن مُّشْرِكٍ وَلَوْ أَعْجَبَكُمْ أُوْلَـئِكَ يَدْعُونَ إِلَى النَّارِ وَاللّهُ يَدْعُوَ إِلَى الْجَنَّةِ وَالْمَغْفِرَةِ بِإِذْنِهِ وَيُبَيِّنُ آيَاتِهِ لِلنَّاسِ لَعَلَّهُمْ يَتَذَكَّرُونَ .

    And do not marry Al-Mushrikat (unbelievers, etc.) till they believe (worship Allah Alone). And indeed a slave woman who believes is better than a (free) Mushrikah (unbelievers, etc.), even though she pleases you. And give not (your daughters) in marriage to Al-Mushrikun till they believe (in Allah Alone) and verily, a believing slave is better than a (free) Mushrik (unbelievers, etc.), even though he pleases you. Those (Al-Mushrikun) invite you to the Fire, but Allah invites (you) to Paradise and Forgiveness by His Leave, and makes His Ayat (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.) clear to mankind that they may remember.

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  • 7 years ago

    yes, i agree with the answer of 'Wise' and with people like Drago answering with their ''innocent'' ''little'' answers, you can judge how "appropiate" YA is to ask this question

    the answer by "Islam the Only Religion" is quite reliable and should be chosen as the best while the prejudicing answer of Drago must be heavily underrated. obviously, YA is not the place to puke all the **** of your racist scumbag mind.

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  • 7 years ago

    yes,you can,

    islam allowed muslim men to marry christian and jew women.

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  • 7 years ago

    Yes love holds no boundaries and if your wife loves you she will respect your decision to convert and you should respect her decision not to want to convert.

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