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Shia-Sunni marriage

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Dear Brother


The "Ayat" to which you reffered (Chapter 5 Surah Maidah  verse 5:) in your answer to my qustion was about the marriage of a Muslim man to the Woman of other religion. But what i really meant to ask is that "Whether the marriage between Sunni woman and a Shia man is allowed near you?"

Thanks for the patience

Your brother


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Shia-Sunni marriage

In the name of Allah, We praise Him, seek His help and ask for His forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and whoever He allows to fall astray, none can guide them aright. We bear witness that there is no one (no idol, no person, no grave, no prophet, no imam, no dai, nobody!) worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad (saws) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers.


Every person who believes and worships Allah Subhanah Alone and does not associate any partners with Him; who believes in all the Messengers appointed by Allah; who believes in Prophet Mohamed (saws) as the Last and Final Messenger; who believes in all the Books revealed by Allah Subhanah; who believes in the Glorious Quran as the Final Message of our Merciful Lord; who believes in the angels; who believes in the concept of the Hereafter; and who believes in the Divine Decrees; and declares the testification of Islam: Laa Ilaaha Illalaah, Mohamed ar-Rasool Allah; is a believer and a muslim. Allah Subhanah has not made the believers Shias, or Sunnis, or Ismailis, or Shafeis, or Bohras, etc. These are names man has invented for himself! Every believer must be honored to be recognized by the name that Allah has chosen for him, and Allah has chosen to call the believers muslims in the Glorious Quran.


Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 22 Surah Hajj verse 77-78:O you who have believed, do rukooh (bow down) and do sajdah (prostration), and worship your Lord Allah Alone, and do righteous deeds: it may be that you attain true success! Exert your utmost for the cause of Allah, as one should. He has chosen you for His service, and has not laid on you any hardship in your religion. Therefore, be steadfast in the religion of your father Abraham. Allah had named you muslims before this, and has named you (muslims) in this Quran also, so that the Messenger may be a witness in regard to you, and you may be witnesses in regard to the rest of mankind.


It is not important whether one calls himself a Shia or a Sunni; what is important is that one believes and sincerely obeys and follows the commands of Allah and His Messenger (saws), and fears the advent of an Inevitable Day, when he will stand in the Just Court of Allah to give a full accounting of his deeds.


Whatever differences there might be between the believers, it is best to try and solve them with wisdom, patience, and in light of the Holy Quran and the traditions of the Messenger of Allah (saws). It does not behove a believer to fight or abuse or ridicule or revile his believing brother! No individual has a right to force his beliefs on another! One should always speak and declare the Truth from the Quran and Sunnah, and leave the decision of who is on the Right Path and who is astray for Allah Subhanah to decide on the Day of Judgement.


Allah has allowed a believing man to marry a non-mehram believing woman; thus a marriage between a Shia and Sunni is absolutely legal and permitted in Islam.


Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 5 Surah Maidah verse 5:Likewise you are permitted to marry believing chaste women, and chaste women from among the people of the Book (Jews and Christians), provided that you give them their due mahr and desire chastity, not lewdness, nor secret intrigues.


Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allahs Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me. Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.


Your Brother in Islam,








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