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A Non- Practicing Muslim Woman Marries a Non-Muslim Man

I was born as a Muslim. However, throughout my life I did not practise Islam and had no one to teach me the fundamentals of the Muslim faith. I got married to a non-Muslim man and have three children. What is the Shari’ah opinion on my situation? What should I do now that I know that a Muslim woman is not allowed to marry a non-Muslim man?


Ibn ‘Abbas (may God be pleased with him) narrated that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “Verily, God has forgiven my Ummah for their (unintentional) mistakes and their forgetfulness and that which they do under compulsion” (Ibn Majah).
Through the above hadith and based on the question, the inquirer was ignorant of the fundamentals of the Shari’ah and thus unintentionally committed a mistake by marrying a non-Muslim man. Therefore, she is not blameworthy and the children are legally attributed to them.

Muslim wives are prohibited to live with non-Muslim husbands
In Islam, Muslim women are explicitly prohibited to marry non-Muslim men. Therefore, in this case, it is unlawful for the inquirer to engage in any form of physical intimacy with her non-Muslim husband based on the words of God the Almighty, “They are not lawful [wives] for them, nor are they lawful [husbands] for them” (Quran 60:10)
The ruling
In order to maintain the family's stability, which is one of the objectives of Shari'ah, it is obligatory to inform the court (if you live in a country that provides this) that you are a Muslim, so that the judge will inform your husband and invite him to embrace Islam. You might also invite your husband personally to Islam through kind advice and wisdom. If he complies and embraces Islam, then it is a great blessing and you must conduct a new marriage contract. Otherwise, separation becomes necessary based on the court decree.

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