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Marriage Between a Muslim Man and a Christian Woman?

Short Answer:  There are five conditions for the validity of a marriage contract in Islam. Getting married in a church before going on to the mosque for the “Muslim” ceremony is quite missing the point. In the eyes of Islam, the Christian ceremony does not join the two in marriage. _____________________________________ Assalamu Alaikum Syed, Thank …

Middle-Eastern Marriages: Like a Lottery?

Middle-Eastern Marriages: Like a Lottery?

In this counseling answer: “My advice is to honor the cultural customs so long as they do not infringe on the clear Islamic guidelines I have mentioned above. In case that happens, you must be open and communicate your needs to your family. You need to remind them and present to them the Islamic evidence for …

Why Can't We Get Married in Secret?

Why Can't We Get Married in Secret?

Why not just begin and end a romantic and sexual relationship based upon the intensity of attraction and desire? Why go to lengths to get married, instead? Getting the girl’s guardian’s permission, setting a dower, having two male witnesses present…

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Delinking Child Marriage from Islam Is Key to Solving the Crisis

My mother-in-law was married at the age of 13. You might be tempted to think that she was probably the victim of the “Islamic law” she lived under. But if you were to think that, you would be totally wrong. My mother-in-law was raised Christian in the American South. My husband is a convert to …

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Marital Rape OK within Islamic Marriage?!

Salam Dear Bethany, Thank you for your interesting question and for contacting Ask About Islam. Context: Sexual Pleasure for Both Parties First, the Quranic verse that you mentioned has a completely different interpretation than the one you thought of. It doesn’t mean any sense of sexual exploitation. Actually, it was revealed on the occasion that some of …

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Am I My Husband's Property Because He Paid Mahr?!

“Property” is something that can be inherited, and it signifies that something can be bought and sold. Can a man sell his wife? Can he give her away to another man in exchange for money? Even the most ignorant Muslim would not argue that point. As if this wasn’t clear enough, Allah has spelled out even more plainly in the Quran that mahr is not a price paid for ownership of a woman.

Why So Many Unfair Marriage Practices?

Salam (Peace) Jonny,  I need to thank you for your question and for coming to About Islam with it. But I think you have confused many different types of marriages: child marriage (girls 12-13 years old), forced marriage, pragmatic marriage without love (for money), and early marriage (14-17 years old). And you held Islam responsible for …

Civil Marriage in the West: Valid?

Wa `alaykum As-Salamu wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh. In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful. All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger. Dear questioner, we commend your pursuit of knowledge and your eagerness to seek what is lawful and avoid what is not. We earnestly …

Getting Married without a Written Contract: Valid?

Wa `alaykum as-salamu wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh. In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful. All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger. Dear brother in Islam, we would like to thank you for the great confidence you place in us. We implore Allah Almighty to …



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