I embraced Islam about two or three years ago, Alhamdullilah. Actually, one guy in my university influenced me to Islam. We used to study together in the university. and we both started liking each other and we wanted to marry. since my parents are kafir, they disagreed at all with this relationship and his parents also disagreed with the relationship. Now, my parents don't know that I am muslim now, I follow it secretly. I want to marry this guy and follow islamic marriage life afterwards. I don't want to marry somebody from their caste (kafir!), and my parents wants me to go back home and marry somebody in their caste. Is it necessary for both of our parents to agree with our marriage. Can we marry each other without their knowlege or permission now and tell them later? I fear that they will die the day they hear that I am muslim too since they hate muslims. I don't know how to convince them. Do I have to convince them for the marriage or can I just go against their wish. Please tell me if there was any stories during sahaba's time and what was the solution. I relly need help.
Praise be to Allaah.
Before answering your question, we would like to congratulate
you for becoming Muslim. This is the final religion which Allaah has chosen
for all of mankind, and He sent the Prophet (peace and blessings of
Allaah be upon him) to be a bringer of glad tidings and a warner to all
people. Many of those whom Allaah has guided have entered this religion
before you, and many have been deprived of it because of their stubbornness
and pride. So you should always be grateful to Allaah for having brought you
out of the darkness of kufr and ignorance into the light of Tawheed and
knowledge. You have to learn the rulings of Islam so that you will become
more convinced of your choice and so that Allaah may make your heart
steadfast in adhering to Islam.
The fact that you are new in Islam does not prevent us from
telling you that this religion brought important rulings by means of which
the Muslim can protect his religious commitment, mind, wealth, honour and
lineage. Hence there are things that are forbidden in order to protect these
things, and there are things that are enjoined for the same reason. There
are two things that have to do with your question:
In order to protect honour and lineage, Islam forbids mixing
between the sexes, and it forbids a man to be alone with a woman or to touch
her with his hand, let alone anything that is more serious than that, namely
the sin of zina (adultery or fornication). Hence we regard a woman as a
precious jewel which should not be treated as a cheap product – as is the
case in the kaafir nations and the fools among the Muslims who follow them –
in advertisements, newspapers and magazines. Women have an important role
which awaits them, that of wife and mother.
The second matter has to do with protecting a woman’s
religious commitment. Allaah has forbidden marriage of a Muslim woman to a
kaafir man. This is something that is proven in the Qur’aan and Sunnah and
by scholarly consensus.
Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen (may Allaah have mercy on him) said:
It is not permissible for a kaafir to marry a Muslim woman,
according to the texts and scholarly consensus. Allaah says (interpretation
of the meaning):
“O you who believe! When believing women come to you as
emigrants, examine them; Allaah knows best as to their Faith, then if you
ascertain that they are true believers send them not back to the
disbelievers. They are not lawful (wives) for the disbelievers nor are the
disbelievers lawful (husbands) for them”
It is not permissible for
a Muslim woman to marry a kaafir, according to the texts and scholarly
consensus, as stated above, even if he is originally a kaafir and not an
apostate (from Islam). Hence if a kaafir man marries a Muslim woman, the
marriage is invalid and they must be separated. But if he becomes Muslim and
wants to marry her, that can only be done with a new marriage contract. End
Majmoo’ Fataawa al-Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen,
In order for the marriage contract to be valid, there must be
a wali (guardian) for the woman, but it is not permissible for a kaafir to
act as the wali of a Muslim woman, and there is no difference of scholarly
opinion on this point.
Ibn Qudaamah said:
As for a kaafir, he
cannot be the wali of a Muslim woman under any circumstances, according to
the consensus of the scholars, including Maalik, al-Shaafa’i, Abu ‘Ubayd and
as-haab al-ra’y. Ibn al-Mundhir said: There is consensus on this point among
all those from whom we acquired knowledge.
Even in a situation such as yours, there has to be a wali for
the purpose of marriage. If no one among your family is Muslim, then whoever
acts in the stead of the ruler should arrange your marriage for you, namely
the Muslim qaadi (judge) or mufti or Shaykh of an Islamic centre or imam of
You do not have to ask your father’s permission to get
married because he has no authority over you as a wali. Once the marriage
contract is done, it is permissible to keep the news from your parents, and
you do not have to inform them.
Even if the wali is a Muslim, it is not permissible for him
to force his daughter to marry someone whom she does not like. Islam makes
the woman’s consent one of the essentials of the marriage contract, and the
contract is not valid if she objects. If it is proven that she objects then
the Muslim qaadi should give her the choice between continuing the contract
or annulling it.
Just as it is not permissible for both parents or one of them
to force his son to marry someone whom he does not like, so too Allaah has
not made the approval of the parents or one of them a condition of the son’s
marriage contract being valid. But the son should be kind to his parents if
he refuses to do what they want. He has to do his utmost to win their
approval of his marriage to the one he wants.
Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen (may Allaah have mercy on him) said:
It is not permissible for a father to force his son to marry
a woman whom he does not like, whether that is because of some fault in her
religious commitment or a physical defect. How many people have regretted
forcing their children to marry women whom they do not want, saying, “You
will marry her because she is my brother’s daughter” or “because she is from
our tribe” and so on. The son is not obliged to accept, and it is not
permissible for the parents to force him. Similarly, if he wants to marry a
righteous woman but the father does not want him to, the son is not obliged
to obey him. If the son is pleased with a righteous wife and the father
says, “Do not marry her,” he has the right to marry her even if his father
objects, because the son is not obliged to obey his father in any matter in
which that will not harm the father but will benefit the son. If we say that
the son is obliged to obey his father in all things, even in matters where
there is benefit for the son and no harm for the father, then many negative
consequences would result from that. But in situations such as this, the son
should be diplomatic with his father, and be kind to him as much as he can
and try to convince him as much as he can. End quote
Fataawa al-Mar’ah al-Muslimah,
You have to do as much as
you can to save your parents and bring them into Islam, so that they and you
will find happiness in this world and in the Hereafter. You can use many
ways to call them to Islam, such as sending them e-mails, for example,
without them knowing that the messages are coming from you. You could give
their address to some of those who are specialized in Islamic knowledge and
da’wah to undertake this mission on your behalf. You can also avail yourself
of the nearest Islamic centre to their home so that some daa’iyahs can visit
them and call them to Islam. You can also use the regular mail to send them
tapes and booklets that will tell them about the Islamic religion.
You know more about their situation than others. Perhaps if
you tell them that you have become Muslim, that may open the door for them
to enter Islam too. If that is the case, then tell them, but if you think
that this will not do any good, and that it may have a negative effect on
them or it might cause difficulties for you, then do not tell them. You can
delay that for a while until Allaah opens their hearts. Seek the help of
Allaah and turn to Him with du’aa’, sincerely asking Him to guide them.
We ask Allaah to make you steadfast in adhering to this
religion, and we ask Him to guide your parents to Islam.
And Allaah knows best.