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He, (SWT) has also stated clearly the class of people that shouldn’t be married.
An-Nur 24:3

ٱلزَّانِى لَا يَنكِحُ إِلَّا زَانِيَةً أَوْ مُشْرِكَةً وَٱلزَّانِيَةُ لَا يَنكِحُهَآ إِلَّا زَانٍ أَوْ مُشْرِكٌۚ وَحُرِّمَ ذَٰلِكَ عَلَى ٱلْمُؤْمِنِينَ

The fornicator does not marry except a [female] fornicator or polytheist, and none marries her except a fornicator or a polytheist, and that has been made unlawful to the believers.
Al-Baqarah 2:221

وَلَا تَنكِحُوا۟ ٱلْمُشْرِكَٰتِ حَتَّىٰ يُؤْمِنَّۚ وَلَأَمَةٌ مُّؤْمِنَةٌ خَيْرٌ مِّن مُّشْرِكَةٍ وَلَوْ أَعْجَبَتْكُمْۗ وَلَا تُنكِحُوا۟ ٱلْمُشْرِكِينَ حَتَّىٰ يُؤْمِنُوا۟ۚ وَلَعَبْدٌ مُّؤْمِنٌ خَيْرٌ مِّن مُّشْرِكٍ وَلَوْ أَعْجَبَكُمْۗ أُو۟لَٰٓئِكَ يَدْعُونَ إِلَى ٱلنَّارِۖ وَٱللَّهُ يَدْعُوٓا۟ إِلَى ٱلْجَنَّةِ وَٱلْمَغْفِرَةِ بِإِذْنِهِۦۖ وَيُبَيِّنُ ءَايَٰتِهِۦ لِلنَّاسِ لَعَلَّهُمْ يَتَذَكَّرُونَ

And do not marry polytheistic women until they believe. And a believing slave woman is better than a polytheist, even though she might please you. And do not marry polytheistic men [to your women] until they believe. And a believing slave is better than a polytheist, even though he might please you. Those invite [you] to the Fire, but Allah invites to Paradise and to forgiveness, by His permission. And He makes clear His verses to the people that perhaps they may remember.

With the above verses, Allah has forbidden us from marrying the polytheists or marrying our women to them, however polytheists in this context are strictly idolaters. He further declared the permissibility to marry the women of the scripture (Christians and Jews) in Qur’an 5:5
(Lawful to you in marriage) are chaste women from those who were given the Scripture (Jews and Christians) before your time when you have given their due dowry, desiring chastity (i.e., taking them in legal wedlock) not committing illegal sexual intercourse.

And the impermissibility to marry off a Muslim woman to a non Muslim in Qur’an 60:10

لَا هُنَّ حِلٌّ لَّهُمْ وَلَا هُمْ يَحِلُّونَ لَهُنَّ

They are not lawful (wives) for them, nor are they lawful (husbands) for them.

From above, It is clearly forbidden for Muslim women to marry both idolators and people of the book, but permissible for muslim men, however it is an act that was very detested by the early Muslims

Allah says;

وَلَا تَنكِحُواْ الْمُشْرِكَاتِ حَتَّى يُوْمِنَّ

And do not marry Al-Mushrikat (idolatresses) till they believe (worship Allah Alone).

Allah prohibited the believers from marrying Mushrik women who worship idols.

Although the meaning is general and includes every Mushrik woman from among the idol worshippers and the People of the Scripture, Allah excluded the People of the Scripture from this ruling.

“Umar disliked this practice so that the Muslims do not refrain from marrying Muslim women, or for similar reasons.”

An authentic chain of narrators stated that Shaqiq said:

Once Hudhayfah married a Jewish woman and Umar wrote to him, “Divorce her.”

He wrote back, “Do you claim that she is not allowed for me so that I divorce her?”

He said, “No. But, I fear that you might marry the whores from among them.”

Ibn Jarir related that Zayd bin Wahb said that;

Umar bin Khattab said, “The Muslim man marries the Christian woman, but the Christian man does not marry the Muslim woman.”

Ibn Abu Hatim said that;

Ibn Umar disliked marrying the women from the People of the Scripture. He relied on his own explanation for the <b>Ayah</b>:
وَلَا تَنكِحُواْ الْمُشْرِكَاتِ حَتَّى يُوْمِنَّ
(And do not marry Al-Mushrikat (female idolators) till they believe (worship Allah Alone).

Al-Bukhari also reported that Ibn Umar said,

“I do not know of a bigger Shirk than her saying that Jesus is her Lord!”
There should be nothing more pleasing to the heart of a believing man than a believing woman who shares your jannah focused goals with ideal Islamic objectives in building your home. With a dashing hope of continuing the beautiful love story in Jannah.

…….And indeed a slave woman who believes is better than a (free) Mushrikah (female idolators), even though she pleases you. but Allah invites (you) to Paradise and forgiveness by His leave and makes His Ayat clear to mankind that they may remember……


May Allah provide the single Muslims with pious Muslims and Muslimahs, and increase the Love in the already existing Nikkah. Aamin.




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