What is the ruling on a Muslim woman
marrying a non-Muslim man, especially when she hopes that he will become Muslim after
marriage? Many Muslim women claim that they cannot find suitable Muslim men, and that they
are faced with the threat of having to commit sin or live in extremely straitened
Praise be to Allaah.
It is forbidden for Muslim women to marry non-Muslim men, according
to the Qur’aan, the Sunnah and the consensus of the scholars (ijmaa’)
(see question # 689)
. If such a marriage takes place, it is invalid, it does not have any impact
upon inheritances according to sharee’ah, and any children born from this
union are illegitimate. Hoping that the husband may become Muslim does not alter
this ruling in the slightest.