I am Islamically married to a man who is still legally married to a woman he has told me as well as her and others that he is divorcing. Is it lawful for him to remain in her life. She is still in love with him. But he has told me that he intends on legally marrying me. We have never had the pleasure of each other physically due to his being in prison. They do not recognize our Islamic marriage. He is able to go on family trailers with his soon to be divorced wife.

Is this in accordance to Allah?
Also is it lawful for my Muslim husband to receive visits of his ex-non Muslim girlfriend that he has had a physical relationship with. According to Allah is this in accordance to our Islamic marriage. I would like to be able to give him reference to these 2 questions from the Qur'an.

I am new Muslim and I have no knowledge to if this is truly acceptable.

  • I think this is problem of you and your about to be husband and your family and your local Mosque Imam and his ex-Non Muslim girl friend and her family maybe, have to sit together and settle down. As here I don't see if providing a verse or a Hadith would help you in your case. – servant-of-Wiser May 13 '15 at 18:58
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    Islamically he isn't doing something wrong (since he is married to her). However, I advise you to get an Islamic divorce and avoid this trouble. if he wants to divorce her, he can legally do it in a day, does not look like it. – user12537 May 13 '15 at 19:52
  • Well these are many questions, and I'm a bit confused, does (did) he have a wife and a girl-friend or are you calling his to be divorced wife "girl friend". Of course a girl-friend is by definition what Islam calls a haram relationship (namely zina), so meeting her is haram and he should repent, and you shouldn't be married to a person which has not repented from such a sin and made a clear cut to this! – Medi1Saif Jun 27 '17 at 6:12

According to islam, he can't have a girlfriend wether muslim or non-muslim.

Sorry I can't give references but you may find some reference in "Surat An-nisa" in Quran.

Also I advise you not to get in trouble as he doesn't sounds like a good person who has girlfriends and is even in prison.


In my opinion if he is LEGALLY married to that girl, she is his wife, not a girlfriend anymore. So, he is allowed to visit her and have physical, sexual relations with her. As you are islamically married to him, then you too are his wife and you have all the rights to physical and sexual relations with your husband. There is absolutly no doubt in this. Besides,the man here is having 2 wives and he can have sexual relations with both until he is married. When he will divorce the other girl, he will no longer have the right to have physical and sexual relations with her. This is because she will no longer be a spousal mahram.

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