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701 Is it allowed to marry a 'Catholic' woman?

If yes, what are the obligations to be fulfilled?
In the Holy Qur’an, (5:4), Allah (S.W.T) states that it is possible to marry women ‘who are given the Book.’ This refers to Jews and Christians. They are not allowed to marry polytheists (Mushriks).

However, according to most modern Scholars, Muslims are not allowed to marry women from the ‘People of the Book’ in this day and age, simply because the Jews and Christians are closer to disbelief (Kufr) in their current form than they are closer to Islam.

Even in classic times, the permissibility to marry Jews and Christians was seen as something that could be done out of necessity rather than choice and luxury.

Today, there are little or no reasons why a Muslim would need to favour marrying a Christian woman over a Muslim woman.

(Answered by: Alims at Islamic Centre, Leicester, UK.)
Category (Marriage / Divorce)