Is It Sinful for a Muslim Man to Get Married to a Christian Women?

Shafi'i Fiqh

Answered by Ustadha Shazia Ahmad

Question

I am a Christian, and my partner is Muslim. Is it a sin for us to be together and want to be married?

Answer

First, thank you for contacting us and asking us about your concern. Getting first-hand information from a reliable source is the right thing to do instead of going on hearsay.

As for your question, the answer is no. It is not a sin for a Christian woman to marry a Muslim man. The Quran allows it upon condition that the children are raised as Muslims. Please see the following link for its permissibility: Does Islam Allow Muslims to Get Married to a Christian Man or Woman?

Wisdom and care are necessary when dealing with an inter-religious or inter-cultural relationship. It can be difficult at times and unbearable at other times, especially when dealing with two sets of in-laws. Please ask yourself the following questions before you make your vows:
14 Questions Everyone Should Be Able To Answer Before Getting Married

If and once you have decided to marry, I recommend that you marry him sooner than later, as dating is not allowed in Islam. He should be with you legally only. I pray that you have a blessed and prosperous union.

Kindly check this as well:
Is It Allowed to Marry a Christian Woman? (Shafi’i)

[Ustadha] Shazia Ahmad
Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Ustadha Shazia Ahmad lived in Damascus, Syria for two years where she studied aqida, fiqh, tajweed, tafsir, and Arabic. She then attended the University of Texas at Austin, where she completed her Masters in Arabic. Afterward, she moved to Amman, Jordan where she studied fiqh, Arabic, and other sciences. She later moved back to Mississauga, Canada, where she lives with her family.