Marrying a Christian woman

Q: We have a situation where a family member has married a Christian woman. He claims that she is a proper Christian therefore he made nikaah with her. Is it permissible for a Muslim male to marry a Christian woman in today's time?

According to my understanding, today most Christians are only Christians by name. They are not the Ahle Kitaab or like the Christians of former times. They don't know anything about their Christianity religion nor do they take their religion seriously. They don't go to church nor read their bible. They have become fully westernized and have accepted all the theories of the scientists like evolution, Dawin's theory, the big bang, etc.

Based on the above, my question is, is it still permissible to marry their women in today's time?

A: Our Ulama have categorically stated that in contemporary times it is not permissible to marry a Christian woman, more especially when you are living in a land which is predominantly Christian or non-Muslim.

And Allah Ta'ala (الله تعالى) knows best.


Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)