Monday, 4 July 2011

She married him after he became Muslim and now he does not pray



She married him after he became Muslim and now he does not pray
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My sister married an American man who she said was a Muslim. He is an officer in the American army in one of the Arab countries. They stayed with us for a week and I did not see him pray. I advised my sister to pay attention to this matter so that her marriage would be valid but unfortunately she did not pay any attention to it and neither did he. Is this marriage valid according to sharee’ah? 

His work is against the Muslims – is that permissible?.


Praise be to Allaah.

Prayer is
the most important pillar of Islam after the Shahaadatayn. Not praying is
major kufr that puts one beyond the pale of Islam. The evidence for this has
been explained in the answer to question no.

It is not
permissible for a Muslim woman to marry a man who does not pray, and it is
not permissible for her to remain married to a man who stops praying after
the marriage contract has been done. 

As this man
has recently become Muslim, it seems most likely that he does not know the
rulings of Islam or the importance of prayer, or that not praying is kufr.  

So it is
essential to explain to him the status of prayer in Islam, and that not
praying constitutes kufr, and that Islam and not praying cannot be combined.
If he starts to pray then praise be to Allaah, but if he persists in not
praying then he and his wife must be separated because he is not a Muslim. 


It is very
strange that your sister did not pay attention to this matter after you
advised her. The relationship between them may not be proper according to
sharee’ah, and we do not think that she would agree to that. You have to
carry on advising her. 

What we are
afraid of is that your sister may not be praying either, which would make
the matter more serious and more complicated. 


With regard
to working for or joining the American army, the ruling on that has been
discussed in the answer to question no.

And Allaah
knows best.

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