Conversion To Islam For Marriage

People discover and accept Islam in different ways, one of them is though marriage. More women convert to Islam than men this way, perhaps because Muslim man can marry a non-Muslim woman, whereas a Muslim woman is not permitted to marry a non-Muslim man.

Should a woman convert to Islam just because she’s marrying a Muslim man?


I read this today in India Express:

“An Islamic organization in Muzaffarnagar ( India) has issued a fatwa saying that conversion of a woman to Islam for the purpose of getting married with someone in the faith is illegal and against the Sharia law.

The Deputy-in-charge of the organisation’s fatwa department organisation, Mufti Ahsan Kasmi said conversion to Islam must be in good faith and not for getting something.”


Sheikh Muhammad Nur Abdullah, president of ISNA (Islamic Society of North America), states the following:

“First of all, a person cannot put a condition for his or her conversion, i.e., that he or she is embracing Islam just to get married to so-and-so. This is not accepted when stipulated and clearly stated.”


Personally, I also believe that if a Muslim man decides to marry a non-Muslim woman, he should not pressure her into converting to Islam. It would be much better for him to set a good example himself: being a kind and loving husband, praying regularly, fasting, reading the Qur’an, and following the guidelines of Islam to be a better person. I am sure that a non-Muslim woman, in due time, would be inspired by her husband’s good deeds and would, by her own choice, find the path to accept Islam wholeheartedly.

Conversion to Islam, in order to be considered as genuine, must proceed from one’s inner conviction and should be based on one’s own free choice.

There shall be no compulsion in religion: Truth stands out starkly clear from falsehood.”

(Al-Baqarah: 256)





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5 Responses to Conversion To Islam For Marriage

  1. Nisa says:

    I support this fatwa.
    Knowing Islam and embracing it with love is entirely a different experience than converting while dazed in love.

  2. Jus says:

    Firstly, i wanna say that Muslim Men can marry NON-Muslims PROVIDED that they are in the religion “of the skies” meaning one that actually has a legitimate source ie from our Prophets before it became commercialised or whatever and NOT Buddhist or Sun-worshipper things like that.

    Secondly, i dont see why they had to go all out to make it ILLEGAL to convert / revert to Islam, albeit just for the purpose of marriage.

    Sounds to me like a “hidden force” is behind this to limit the number of reversion to Islam?

    I mean.. what if, from her husband-to-be, she went to religious classes that are mandatory before reversion and suddenly see the light???

  3. nadia says:

    Because the reason for conversion, that is for marriage itself, is inappropriate. Islam should not be embraced out of love for another person, it is solely for Allah. A non-Muslim woman might be forced/pressured/requested to convert from her current faith to Islam by her husband-to-be, in-laws-to-be; or she may, on her own, feel compelled to do so herself, but most probably not for Allah’s sake, but for the man she loves.

    In Pakistan and India, a lot of people still feel that it is “not right” to bring home a non-Muslim wife, so the need to change religion prior to tying the knot. So these men bring their wives-to-be to someone who could help her convert/revert and make her acceptance of Islam legal. Now, this is what this fatwa is trying to discourage.

    The Islamic scholars in India/Pakistan have, based on the current practice/trend, therefore felt the need to be more stringent in bringing forth this fatwa.

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  5. Noor Allah Shikaghy says:

    Hello , I am a Syrian Arab Muslim
    Non-Arab muslims usually misunderstand Islamic rules. In fact a muslim man can marry a monotheist woman ( a Christian or a Jew ) but he doesn’t have the right whatsoever to force her to convert to Islam. It’s a matter of free , truthful choice.Furthermore, there’s no problem in marrying a non-muslim woman while each one of the couple is worshipping God in his own faith.

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