Can a Shia boy marry a Sunni girl, according to the Sharia laws?

There is a Sunni girl that I know who really likes a Shia boy, and he likes her too. She was asking me today if it is permissible or restricted for this marriage to take place.

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    Muslims can marry irrespective of sect.
    – Zia
    Nov 19, 2014 at 8:05
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    as far as they match belief in ISLAM , which makes them both compatible for marriage Nov 21, 2014 at 23:04
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    Assuming it to be halal, it is not wise to do so, if one of them, at least, is conscious about the religion. May 3, 2015 at 17:27

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Some Shias believe in Kufr therefore it is important to ask about the Shia individual's beliefs before marriage because:

"A woman is married for four reasons, her wealth, lineage, status and Deen. Choose the one who is religious." (Sahih al-Bukhari)

Deen (belief) has the highest priority in marriage, so it is important to ask a Shia if s/he believes the Quran has been altered for example, because many of them do.

It is important to ask a Shia whether s/he believes Angel Gabriel made a mistake when delivering the revelation for example, because many of them do, they say that the revelation was actually meant for Ali bin Abi Talib instead of prophet Mohammad.

It is important to ask a Shia whether s/he believes in Ali bin Abi Talib being God, or the son of God, or an image of God, or the trinitarian belief in Allah/Mohammad/Ali etc. Shia Allawis believe in such Kufr.

The point being, it is an individual responsibility to not paint all Shias with one brush, rather to distinguish those who believe in Kufr, and those who don't, specially when one is considering marriage.

  • Good answer without any hatered but alas very un informative. Please all readers know this 95% and more shia do not believe in any of those beliefs. This is false propoganda to spread hatred among muslims and sad to say this propoganda is successful :( Please when u hear things abt Shia do confirm from some knowledgeable shia person we are just like our other muslim brothers just a little difference. Answering the things above. 1) we do not believe in that Hazrat Gabriel made a mistake it neither our any of valid books mention this.
    – Hassy
    Oct 19, 2016 at 5:41
  • 2) Those who beleive Imam Ali as God or son of God are not shia and not even from remaining 5% of 100%. Those who believe in this are Nusehri and are not muslims. 3) We do not believe in Quran being changed nir our books mention it. The Quran a sunni have is same as shia not even a single character change. Hope someone read this and change their beliefs abt us
    – Hassy
    Oct 19, 2016 at 5:46

Generally, everyone should refer to his/her sect orders/Fatwas(rulings), and I'm not so familiar with Sunni viewpoint about it, but it doesn’t matter for a Shia boy to marry a Sunni girl. Because Shias consider Sunnis as Muslims, then this is permissible for a Shia male to marry a Sunni girl according to Islamic laws (Sharia) as the viewpoint of Shia.

                 In the name of Allah, the most compassionate, the most merciful

Firstly it could be constructive for you to know concerning a similar view of the holy Quran regarding the mentioned issue. The holy Quran terms some groups of people who you are not allow to get married to them such as Mushriks (polytheist)... Therefore you’d better look at the following verse as a beneficial related verse (al-Baqarah:221):

وَلَا تَنكِحُوا الْمُشْرِكَاتِ حَتَّىٰ يُؤْمِنَّ ۚ وَلَأَمَةٌ مُّؤْمِنَةٌ خَيْرٌ مِّن مُّشْرِكَةٍ وَلَوْ أَعْجَبَتْكُمْ ۗ وَلَا تُنكِحُوا الْمُشْرِكِينَ حَتَّىٰ يُؤْمِنُوا ۚ وَلَعَبْدٌ مُّؤْمِنٌ خَيْرٌ مِّن مُّشْرِكٍ وَلَوْ أَعْجَبَكُمْ ۗ أُولَـٰئِكَ يَدْعُونَ إِلَى النَّارِ ۖ وَاللَّـهُ يَدْعُو إِلَى الْجَنَّةِ وَالْمَغْفِرَةِ بِإِذْنِهِ ۖ وَيُبَيِّنُ آيَاتِهِ لِلنَّاسِ لَعَلَّهُمْ يَتَذَكَّرُونَ ﴿٢٢١

And do not marry polytheistic women until they believe. And a believing slave woman is better than a polytheist, even though she might please you. And do not marry polytheistic men [to your women] until they believe. And a believing slave is better than a polytheist, even though he might please you. Those invite [you] to the Fire, but Allah invites to Paradise and to forgiveness, by His permission. And He makes clear His verses to the people that perhaps they may remember. (221)

According to the viewpoint of the scholars and Marja’-al-Taqlids of Shia (whereof a part of the issue is related to a Shia boy (as a related matter)): it is permissible for a Shia boy to get married to a Sunni girl. Then you can inform them that it is allowed from the view of Shia for Shia boys to get married to Sunni girls.


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