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.”