Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam
Question: Assalamu ‘alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh.
Is it forbidden in Islam for a Muslim woman to marry a Christian man or is it only disliked?
In my country muslim men are not serious and I have met a christian man with a good character. Is it better for me to marry this christian man?
Answer: Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,
I pray that you are in the best of health and faith, insha’Allah.
It is decisively established that it is unlawful for a Muslim woman to marry a non-Muslim man.
Allah Most High says, “Do not marry idolatresses until they believe: a believing slave woman is certainly better than an idolatress, even though she may please you. And do not give your women in marriage to idolaters until they believe: a believing slave is certainly better than an idolater, even though he may please you. Such people call [you] to the Fire, while God calls [you] to the Garden and forgiveness by His leave. He makes His messages clear to people, so that they may bear them in mind.” [2.221]
Pray the Prayer of Need (salat al-hajah) regularly [How Does One Perform The Prayer Of Need (salat al-haja)?], and ask Allah for a righteous, Muslim spouse who will help you get to Paradise. Take the means yourself and become the spouse you would want to marry.
Consider taking: Islamic Marriage: Guidance for Successful Marriage and Married Life
Please see: Marrying a Christian Man With Good Character and: Advice to a Christian Man Who Wants to Marry a Muslim Woman and: Can a Muslim Woman Marry a Non-Muslim Man if Their Children Are Raised as Muslims?
And Allah alone gives success.
Checked & Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani.