Marry a catholic or muslim girl
Mu' meneen Brothers and Sisters,
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One of our brothers/sisters has asked this question:
I would like to know what would be better... If I had to pick between two girls for a future wife, a catholic girl that might have the chance of converting Islam Or to get away from it and go along with a Muslim girl and not bother with the catholic girl?
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Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 5 Surah Maidah verse 5: This day are (all) things good and pure made lawful unto you. The food of the People of the Book is lawful unto you and yours is lawful unto them. (Lawful unto you in marriage) are (not only) chaste women who are believers, but chaste women among the People of the Book revealed before your time when ye give them their due dowers and desire chastity not lewdness nor secret intrigues. If anyone rejects faith fruitless is his work and in the Hereafter he will be in the ranks of those who have lost (all spiritual good).
Allah Subhanah has permitted and made it lawful for the believing men in Islam to marry chaste believing women, and/or chaste women from amongst the Jews and the Christians.
If one is absolutely convinced and confident that the Christian women would accept Islam (even though she is permitted in Shariah to practice her own religion when marrying a muslim man), then indeed it would be considered a good deed for bringing one more soul to submit to the Lord in Islam.
But if the man does not wish to put himself through a trial, then it would indeed be best if the person chose to marry a righteous believing woman.
Although, the believing and the Christian woman both are legal for a muslim man to marry; if one is seeking the better of the two options, then the answer is clear from this authentic narration and guidance from the Holy Prophet (saws):
Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 7.27 Narrated by Abu Huraira
The Prophet (saws) said, "A woman is married for four things, i.e., her wealth, her family status, her beauty and her religion. So you should marry the religious woman (otherwise) you will be a loser."
If one trusts, obeys, and follows the guidance and commands of Allah and His Messenger (saws), he can be assured of never ever being misled; but if one believes, obeys and follows any other guidance, other than that of Allah and His Messenger (saws), he can be assured of being led astray.
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Your Brother in Islam,