Can Muslims marry Hindus?

Q. My sister is a Muslim and she has fallen in love with a Hindu man. Can my sister marry a Hindu man?

A. At the outset, it should be understood that premarital relationships are totally prohibited in Islam. Abundant Taubah and Istighfaar should be made if one was involved in such a sin as it draws the wrath and anger of Allah Ta’ala.

As far the marriage of a Muslim with a Hindu is concerned, it is not permissible for Muslims to marry Hindus unless they accept Islam. Allah Ta’ala mentions:

“Do not marry unbelieving women until they believe” (2/221)

Therefore, if a Muslim marries a Hindu, the marriage will be unlawful and invalid according to Shariah.

Allah Ta’ala Knows Best

Mufti Ismaeel Bassa