Q: Assalaamu Alaikum
I need help urgently, My daughter is marrying a non-muslim, and he want to embrace islam, but his parents are against muslims, he told them that he is getting married, but they dont want him to become a muslim, can he get married without them knowing that he turned muslim.
Time: Thursday October 14, 2010 at 6:17 am
A: وعليكم السلام ورحمة الله وبركاته
- A nikah between a Muslim female and non-Muslim male does not count as a nikah at all. They would be part of an adulterous relationship due to the lack of the males conversion.
- A mature male should be able to make up his own mind regarding the choice of religion. USA laws allow for a mature person to convert without parental consent. He may convert and marry her. See local laws that relate to conversion and marital age of consent.
- Marriages out of ones cultural domain has many constrains that must be overcome. Sensitivity in this regard is critical for relational success.
It is our preference that both parties go for joint counseling with appropriate chaperons present for better understanding of each other/families.
Allah Certainly Knows Best.