I wanted to know about the Sahabas who married christians and jews and whose wives did not accept Islam even after the marriage, for e.g. Muawiya I had one wife who was a jacobit christian, though i don't know if she accepted Islam or not, is there any other Sahaba ?

  • What are you expecting? A full list? Examples? I mean in first place this doesn't seem to be related to Islam but to history of some Muslims (the sahaba), assuming historians have enough information about all of them, there's no guarantee that we would know all about their families especially if those were not "famous" sahaba. Like those known by hadith scholars, as if we assume that at fath Mekka there have been some 100000 sahabi present I'm afraid not even half of them are known or quoted in these books.
    – Medi1Saif
    Commented Sep 26, 2016 at 12:39
  • No, not full list, of course not, this is not possible, but at least some, like I mention Muawiya 1 as an example, indeed this is not related to the ibaadaat of Islam but surely to its history
    – Noor
    Commented Sep 27, 2016 at 21:11

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From the Tafsir: Ahkam ul Quran by Abu Bakr Ahmad bin Ali Al-Razi Al-Jassas

Surah Maidah, section on marriage with the people of the Book:

وروي أن عثمان بْن عفان تزوج نائلة بنت الفرافصة الكلبية وهي نصرانية وتزوجها على نسائه وروي عن طلحة بْن عبيد الله أنه تزوج يهودية من أهل الشام

It is narrated that Uthman Bin Affan married Na'ila bint al-Furafisa, of the tribe of Kalb, and she was a Christian, and he married her on previous (muslim) wives. And it is narrated about Talha bin Ubaid-Ullah that he married a Jewess from Syria.

Surah Baqarah, section on marriage with polytheists

وروي عن حذيفة أيضا أنه تزوج يهودية وكتب إليه عمر أن خل سبيلها , فكتب إليه حذيفة : أحرام هي ؟ فكتب إليه عمر : لا , ولكن أخاف أن تواقعوا المومسات منهن

It is narrated about Huzaifah that he married a Jewess. When Umar found out about it, he wrote to Huzaifah to seperate from the woman. Huzaifah wrote in reply that "Is she haram for me?" Umar replied: "No, but I fear that you may take the immoral ones among them".

So there are narrations about at least three companions that they married Jews or Christians:

Among them, Na'ila, the wife of Uthman, eventually accepted Islam but apparently sometime after the marriage.


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