The Dislike of Marriage with Women from the People of the Book

In the name of Allah the Most Beneficent Most Merciful,

The Dislike of Marriage with Women from the People of the Book -nowadays- and its Evil Consequences
by Sheikh ‘Abdul ‘Azeez bin Baaz -may Allah have mercy upon him- [Reference below]:

The Imaam, the Father Sheikh ‘Abdul ‘Azeez bin ‘Abdillah bin Baaz -may Allahs mercy be upon him- says:

Marriage with other than Muslim Women contains in it elaboretness. [TN: It's not as simple as we think. And the Sheikh will explain bi ithnillah]. Idolatresses, Communist and likewise Buddhist Women are not permissible to marry. As for chaste women from the People of the Book who are known for having chastity, decency and being distant from the avenues of fornication, they are considered the chaste ones.

So it is permissible for a Muslim Man to marry a chaste woman (from the People of the Book). However he leaves off that which is more virtuous and foremost and what is farther away from evil (i.e. marrying the Muslimah).

Because marrying this women could perhaps lead him to becoming a Christian (or Jew) -and Allahs refuge is sought- or possibly lead the children to becoming Christians (or Jews). And this is the reason why ‘Umar and a group from the Salaf disliked that (type of marriage although it is permitted) fearing for that person the evil consequences behind it. Nontheless the origin is that it is halaal (lawful).

Just as He the Most High and Exalted says in His Noble Book in Surah al-Maaidah: {Made lawful to you today are At-Tayyibat [all kinds of Hall foods, which Allh has made lawful (meat of slaughtered eatable animals, milk products, fats, vegetables and fruits). The food of the people of the Scripture (Jews and Christians) is lawful to you and yours is lawful to them. (Lawful to you in marriage) are chaste women from the believers and chaste women from those who were given the Scripture (Jews and Christians) before your time, when you have given their due Mahr, desiring chastity (i.e. taking them in legal wedlock) not committing illegal sexual intercourse nor taking them as girl-friends.}5:5

Thus Allah has permitted marriage to those women from the People of the Book (who are chaste). And a Muhsanah is one who is free, chaste and known (to the people) for chastity and decency. So when is this known from her?! When is it known that she is chaste in (places like) America or England or in any place?! This is petrifyingly dangerous. The advice is that he (the Muslim Man) should not marry her (the disbelieving women from the People of the Book) But if you find a chaste woman (from amongst them) who her chastity can be testified to then it is permissible to do so, yet he leaves off what is better (i.e. a Muslimah).

Because it is a means for him becoming a Christian (or Jew) due to his love for her or his children after him whether it be during his lifetime or after his death.

And there is no might or power except with Allah!

And may peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family and companions.

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Translated by: Abu Fouzaan Qaasim

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