Marriage - Between Muslims of Different Sects
  • Question:

    Is it permissible in Islam, to marry a sunni girl to a shi’ā guy who only believes in Allāh and his Messenger Muḥammad (peace and blessings upon him). He believes in only the Qur’ān and Sunnah.


    Assalamu Alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh

    Thank you for your question.

    Those wishing to adhere to Qur’ānic principles and Prophetic teachings know that marriage is only permitted to certain individuals. As a general principle, the Qur’ān dictates that a Muslim woman can only marry a Muslim man.

    “And do not give (your women) in marriage to polytheist men, unless they come to believe” (Qur’ān 2:221)

    Regardless of what one labels themselves to be, if one sincerely believes in all the major tenants of Islam as outlined in the Qur’an and authentic Ḥadīth, they are considered a genuine Muslim.

    Some of these tenants are listed below:

    • Belief in One God (Allāh), without any partners
    • Belief that Muḥammad (peace be upon him) is the final Messenger
    • Belief in the angels
    • Belief in all the genuine revealed books and scriptures
    • Belief in all the Messengers and Prophets of God
    • Belief in life after death
    • Belief in the Day of Judgement
    • Belief in destiny decreed by Allāh
    • Belief in the existence of Paradise & Hellfire
    • Belief in the Ascension (Me’rāj) of the Prophet Muḥammad (peace be upon him)
    • Belief in the existence of the Hawdh (pool)
    • Belief in the Shafā’ah (intercession by the chosen ones)
    • Belief in the existence of the Lawh (tablet) and the Qalam (pen)
    • Belief in the existence of the ‘Arsh (thrown)
    • Belief in all the Companions of the Prophet and respecting all of them.
    • Belief in the five pillars
    • Belief in the Signs of the Day of Judgement

    And Allah knows best.

    Answered by Shaykh Yusuf Badat
    Hadith of the Day Imam
    Imam of the Islamic Foundation of Toronto and Director of Mathabah Institute
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