Ruling On A Sunni Woman Marrying An Ismaili: Ruling On A Muslim Woman Marrying A Shi'i

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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

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 Muslim woman marrying a Shi'i

My cousin (daughter of my paternal uncle) is going to marry a Shi'i. What is the Islamic ruling on that? How can I persuade her not to go through with this marriage, knowing that her parents agree to it? Please advise me, may Allaah reward you with good.

Praise be to Allaah.

The Standing Committee was asked the following question:

We come from a tribe that lives on the northern borders [of Saudi Arabia], and we mix with tribes from Iraq who are idolatrous Shi'ah; they worship domes and call them al-Hasan and al-Husayn and ‘Ali. When one of them stands up he says. "O ‘Ali, O Husayn." Some people from our tribe have intermarried with them and mix with them in all circumstances. We have tried to teach them but they do not listen. I do not have enough knowledge to teach them but I hate what they do, and I do not mix with them. I have heard that we cannot eat meat slaughtered by them, but these people eat their meat and do not care. We are asking you what are our obligations in this case?


Praise be to Allaah and blessings and peace be upon His Messenger and his family and companions.

If the situation is as you describe – that they call upon ‘Ali, al-Hasan and al-Husayn, and so on – then they are mushrikeen who are guilty of major shirk, which puts them beyond the pale of Islam. It is not permissible for Muslim women to marry them, and it is not permissible for us to marry their women, or to eat meat slaughtered by them.

Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

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

[al-Baqarah 2:221]

And Allaah is the Source of strength. May Allaah send blessings and peace upon our Prophet Muhammad and his family and companions.

From Fataawa al-Lajnah al-Daa'imah, 2/264

You have to advise your uncle and cousin, and tell them about the fatwas of the scholars concerning this issue. If your uncle insists on marrying his daughter to a Shi'i, then refer the matter to the sharee'ah court to prevent this evil action.

And Allaah knows best.

See also question no. 4569


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