Will I Be Sinful and Responsible if My Sibling Got Married to Another Person of Faith?

Answered by Mawlana Ilyas Patel


What should I do about my elder sister, who married a non-Muslim against our family’s wishes and engages in concerning behavior?


In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful and Compassionate

I pray you are in good faith and health. Thank you for your question. I am sorry to hear she has ended up marrying a non-Muslim.

It would be best if you kept ties with her. She is your sister. This has happened for whatever reason. The past is the past. Look into the future and work on her gradually. You do not have to talk about the marriage for now. However, tell her to learn the din and look into what she is inclined to and possibly like. Share some motivating videos and win her heart over, inviting her, caring for her, and speaking to her about marriage, but not now.

General Accountability of Sin

You are not liable for her faith or sinfulness. In general, one has no control over the actions of others and will not be held accountable by Allah for their deeds. Allah says: “And every soul earns not [blame] except against itself, and no bearer of burdens will bear the burden of another.” [Qur’an 6:164]

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[Mawlana] Ilyas Patel
Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Mawlana Ilyas Patel has received traditional education in various countries. He started his schooling in the UK and completed his hifz of the Quran in India. After that, he joined an Islamic seminary in the UK, where he studied secular and Aalimiyya sciences. Later, he traveled to Karachi, Pakistan, and other Middle Eastern countries to further his education. Mawlana has served as an Imam in the Republic of Ireland for several years and taught the Quran and other Islamic sciences to both children and adults. He also worked as a teacher and librarian at a local Islamic seminary in the UK for 12 years. Presently, he lives in the UK with his wife and is interested in books and gardening.