Attending the Marriage of a Muslim Woman to a Non-Muslim Man

Answered by Shaykh Abdul-Rahim Reasat



A Muslim girl is getting engaged with a non-Muslim boy. They have invited us to attend the engagement ceremony and subsequent wedding ceremony.
Should we attend such events knowing that a Muslim girl is not allowed to marry a non-Muslim man.



I pray you are well.

No, you should not attend this wedding. It is impermissible for a Muslim woman to marrry a non-Muslim man. The detriment of this extends beyond the effect of this on her faith to the those connected to her, especially the children they will have. This harm should be averted and scholars have highlighted it even when it comes to a Muslim man marrying a non-Muslim woman. (Ibn al-Humam, Fath al-Qadir)

If you can advise her and direct her to speak to a scholar, do so, and politely explain why you cannot attend. Perhaps the husband to be would be open to looking into and accepting Islam, leaving them with no impediments. May Allah guide their hearts to the truth He has revealed.
[Shaykh] Abdul-Rahim Reasat


Checked and approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani


Shaykh Abdul-Rahim Reasat began his studies in Arabic Grammar and Morphology in 2005. After graduating with a degree in English and History he moved to Damascus in 2007 where, for 18 months, he studied with many erudite scholars. In late 2008 he moved to Amman, Jordan, where he continued his studies for the next six years in Sacred Law (fiqh), legal theory (Usul al-fiqh), theology, hadith methodology, hadith commentary, and Logic. He was also given licenses of mastery in the science of Quranic recital and he was able to study an extensive curriculum of Quranic sciences, tafsir, Arabic grammar, and Arabic eloquence.