She Found Out After Marriage That Her Husband Is A Raafidi (Shi'i). What Should She Do?

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I got married 1 year ago. Only two months ago I found out that my husband is Shiite! He believes in their beliefs and follows "Al-Kaafi"! I do not know what to do, is my marriage valid? Please help me I do not want to shock my family before I know the ruling on this marriage. Fatwas are so many on the Internet, but my case is special.

Praise be to Allaah.


We are amazed that people can give their daughters in marriage to followers of innovation and misguidance and deviance, and even to heretics and kaafirs. But our amazement is reduced when we realise that people are ignorant of these misguided beliefs and the fact that they are contrary to the beliefs of Ahl al-Sunnah wa'l-Jamaa'ah. Our amazement is also reduced when we realise that there are fatwas of ignorance and misguidance that are widespread among the people, not only from over-lenient Shaykhs who regard it as permissible to give a Sunni woman in marriage to a Sufi or Shi'i, but also from heretics who disguise themselves as men of religion and knowledge who issue fatwas permitting marriage of a Muslim woman to a kaafir!

The chronic problem here is that when people are ignorant about their religion and are heedless about the laws of Islam, they do not care much about the issue of marriage and do not think to ask a suitor about his religion and check on him. Rather all their concern is about worldly interests and living standards. They accept the one who suits them with regard to that, and they ignore his misdeeds, and they reject the one who does not suit them, even if he is good and righteous, and fasts and prays at night a great deal.

With regard to your marriage to this Raafidi (Shi'i), it is an invalid marriage and is abrogated according to sharee'ah, so long as this man believes in the misguidance and heresy that is in al-Kaafi (a Shi'i book).

You and your family must strive for a separation between you and him. If this annulment does not come about easily, then ask him for a divorce. If he refuses and there is no one who can apply the laws of Allaah with regard to this marriage, then you may separate from him by means of khula', giving him whatever he wants of money, such as giving up the deferred portion of the mahr, or returning all or part of what he gave to you, and thus ransom yourself from him.

The scholars of the Standing Committee were asked:

Allaah decreed that a Kurdish man who claims to be a Sunni and is outwardly righteous should propose marriage to me. His name is Haydar ‘Abd al-Husayn al-Jaabiri. He accompanied my father for several months, during which he was hosted by my father. During this period he was of good character and religiously committed, and he presented himself to my father as being a Sunni, and he attacked the Shi'ah openly. Based on what my father saw of his righteousness and piety, my father agreed to give me in marriage to him. After the marriage contract was done and he consummated the marriage with me, he announced that he was not a Sunni; rather he was a fanatical Shi'i. When we asked him to come back to Islam and to the way of Ahl al-Sunnah wa'l-Jamaa'ah, and we put pressure on him, he said: I am neither Sunni nor Shi'i, I am a communist! (i.e., an atheist).

Respected mufti, my question is: What is the shar'i ruling on my staying with this man in this situation, especially since I hated him since he disclosed his hateful secret to us, and he deceived us in the past by making us think that he was a Sunni Muslim. What is the way to annul this marriage contract? How can I annul it, especially since I live in a non-Muslim country?

They replied:

It is not permissible to give the daughters of Sunni families in marriage to the sons of Shi'is or Communists. If the marriage takes place, it is invalid, because it is well known that the Shi'ah offer supplication (du'aa') to Ahl al-Bayt (the Prophet's family) and seek help through them, and this is major shirk; and the communists are atheists and have no religion at all. You have to go back to your family and not allow this man to be intimate with you, and you have to refer the matter to the authorities in your own country.

Shaykh ‘Abd al-‘Azeez ibn Baaz, Shaykh ‘Abd al-‘Azeez Aal al-Shaykh, Shaykh ‘Abd-Allaah ibn Ghadyaan, Shaykh Saalih al-Fawzaan, Shaykh Bakr Abu Zayd

Fataawa al-Lajnah al-Daa'imah (18/298-300)

See also the answer to questions no. 44549 and 4569.


The book al-Kaafi contains kufr and heresy. It is the primary reference of the Shi'ah madhhab. See the answer to question no. 111952.

Muslim man marrying a Qadiani (Ahmadi) woman who is of good character

I understand that ist alright for a Muslim male to marry a woman from the people of the book. But how about if a Muslim male wants to marry a Qadiani girl, who's of a good character and personality?

Praise be to Allaah.

Given that the Qadiani school of thought is a form of major Kufr (disbelief) which puts them beyond the pale of Islam [i.e., Qadianis are not Muslims – see Question 4060], it is not permissible to marry this woman, because Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

"They are not lawful (wives) for the disbelievers nor are the disbelievers lawful (husbands) for them" [al-Mumtahinah 60:10]

And Allaah knows best.

Sheikh Muhammed Salih Al-Munajjid

Ruling on a Sunni woman marrying an Ismaili

I have a question on which lifes of two people depends. I will appreciate deeply from my heart if you could answer this question. And i will be really gald if u keep my name confidential. A friend of mine very deeply loves this guy. Now the problem is the girl is sunni and the guy is ismaili. I would i to know if it is possible for them to get married or does their sects matter that much even though they are both muslim and belief in Allah? .

Praise be to Allaah.

It is not permissible for this woman to marry this Ismaili man, because the Ismailis are heretics who are beyond the pale of Islam.

The scholars said concerning their madhhab (school of thought): "It is a way which outwardly is Raafidi but inwardly conceals pure kufr…"

Ibn al-Jawzi said: "What they say is a denial of the Creator and of Prophethood and of the acts of worship, and denial of the resurrection. But they do not manifest this openly at the beginning. Rather they claim that Allaah is true and that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allaah, and that the religion is true. But they say that these concepts have a hidden meaning which differs from the apparent meaning. Iblees has deceived them and has made their way attractive to them."

Similar rulings were applied to other groups besides the Ismailis who follow bid'ah and who were deemed to be kaafirs, such as the Nusayris and the Raafidis. So it is not permitted to marry any of them, or for them to marry any of the Muslims.

It was narrated that Talhah ibn Musarrif (may Allaah have mercy on him) said: "The women of the Raafidis should not be married, because they are apostates."

Shaykh al-Islam (Ibn Taymiyah) said in his discussion of the extreme views of the Raafidis and of the Nusayris and Ismailis concerning ‘Ali, that all of these kuffaar are worse kaafirs than the Jews and Christians. If one of them does not make an open display of that, then he is one of the munaafiqeen (hypocrites) who will be in the lowest level of Hell, and those who do make an open display of that are the worst of the kaafirs in kufr. And he said: it is not permitted to marry their women, because they are apostates and are the worst kind of apostates.

Concerning the Nusayris he said: the scholars are agreed that it is not permitted to intermarry with them, or for a man to marry his female relative to one of them, or to marry one of their women.

Mutawaatir reports from the righteous salaf indicate that it is forbidden for a Muslim woman from among Ahl al-Sunnah to marry someone from among the followers of bid'ah who has been judged to be a kaafir, and that this type of marriage is null and void.

See Mawqif Ahl al-Sunnah wa'l-Jamaa'ah min Ahl al-Ahwaa ‘wa'l-Bida' by Dr. Ibraaheem al-Raheeli, 1/377-380

And Al-Taqreeb bayna Ahl al-Sunnah wa'l-Shee'ah, by. Dr. al-Qaffaari, 1/152

On this basis, it is not permissible for this Muslim woman to marry this man, because he is not a Muslim, even if he claims to be, as was stated above concerning their madhhab. She should not continue thinking of this haraam matter. And Allaah knows best.

Sheikh Muhammed Salih Al-Munajjid


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