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Question: There is this guy that I've known for a while now and we want to get married someday but he isn't Muslim. He considered converting but it would only be to marry me(not necessarily because he is passionate about Islam) and it isn't guaranteed that my parents would let me marry him even if he did convert because he has a dirty past etc. My question is is there any way that I can still marry him as a non-Muslim without defying the Islamic religion?

Islam does not sanction conversion for the sake of marriage; if he does convert for the sake of marriage that is not acceptable or valid.

Islam also does not allow a Muslim woman to marry a non-Muslim; all schools are unanimous on this issue. If in spite of this you do marry him, it is not considered valid in Islam.

Therefore, your parents are right in refusing permission for this marriage. After all, marriage is all about life-long commitment. A shared spiritual vision and values are essential ingredients of a happy marriage. The Prophet, peace be upon him,  told us to look for faith and character as the main criteria for choosing a marriage partner.


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