I am a modern Pakistani Muslim girl living in The UK, almost my family live here, and all my immediate family is Muslim. However, there are a few people in my family who have married non-Muslims who have no intention of converting to Islam. One uncle of mine married a British Indian Sikh and now has two children with her (ages 12 and 9), they're raised with mixed religious viewings, and my grandfather's brother, who lives in Germany, is married to a white German Christian and has one daughter with her (age 34), his daughter is Christian.

Although this is the case, Inter-religious marriage is not talked about in my family, it's as if everyone's just accepted things as it is even though they all have hard views on Muslim-Muslim marriages.

I would like to know, what does it say in Islam about marriages like this? Is it haram or permissible and is wanting to marry a non-Muslim haram too (does the intention make you impure)?


It is haram. Muslims can only marry other Muslims so any other marriage is invalid and is a sin. The Nikah will not be valid. https://islamqa.info/en/21380. Go on to this website for more information. According to some, a Muslim man can marry a Jew/Christian/Muslim woman but a Muslim woman cannot.

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  • Also, Children of Muslims cannot have mixed religious views because of this mentioned in the holy Quran: “And whoever seeks a religion other than Islam, it will never be accepted of him, and in the Hereafter he will be one of the losers.” Quran 3:85. Therefore they cannot be half Muslim and half another religion as it is very sinful. – Muslim_1234 Jan 19 '17 at 21:30

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