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Rabi-Ul Akhir / Jamadiul Awwal 1423 H
July 2002
Volume 15-07 No:187

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With Allah lies the Highest Reward
Why are Muslims not allowed to marry Non-Muslims?


Zakir Naik

Dr. Zakir Naik

With Allah lies the Highest Reward

If God is just, then why are some people born healthy while some are born with defects and are deaf and dumb, some people are born in rich families while others in poor families?


1. This life is a test for the hereafter.

According to Surah Mulk Chapter-67 Verse-2 “He Who created Death and Life, that He may try which of you is best in deed; And He is the Exalted in Might, oft-Forgiving.” (Al-Quran 67:2)

2. Allah tests different human beings in different ways.

Every year the question paper in an examination keeps on changing. It does not remain the same. Similarly Allah tests different human beings in different ways. He gives health to some people while others are born with defects or are handicapped. To some people He gives wealth, while others are poor.

3.Judgement will be based upon the difficulty of the test.

Depending upon what facilities and qualities Allah has provided to each human being, Allah will judge him accordingly. If the test is difficult, then Allah will be lenient while judging. If the test is simple, then Allah will not be lenient while judging. A poor person does not have to give Zakah. He gets full marks where Zakah is concerned. On the other hand, a rich person is supposed to give Zakah. Many rich people give much less than what they actually are supposed to give, thus getting less marks (or negative marks) where Zakah is concerned.

4.Human beings with congenital defects are a test for their parents.

Many infants are born with congenital defects. Some are deaf and dumb, while others are handicapped. An infant is not responsible for his or her defect. In such cases, perhaps Allah is testing the parents, whether they yet have faith in Him after this misfortune. Allah says in the Quran in Surah Anfal Chapter-8 Verse-28 “And know ye that your possession and your progeny are but a trial; and that it is Allah with whom lies your highest reward”. (Al-Quran 8:28)

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Why are Muslims not allowed
to marry Non-Muslims?


1.The Quran prohibits Muslims to marry unbelievers.

Allah says in the Quran in Surah Al-Baqarah Chapter-2 Verse-221 “Do not marry unbelieving women until they believe: a slave woman who believes is better than an unbelieving woman even though she allures you. Nor Marry (your girls) to unbelievers until they believe: a man slave who believes is better than an unbeliever even though he allures you. Unbelievers do (but) beckon you to the Fire. But Allah beckons by His Grace to the Garden (of Bliss) and forgiveness, and makes His signs clear to mankind: that they may receive admonition”.

2.This life is a test for the Hereafter.

According to the Quran in Surah Mulk Chapter-67 Verse-2 “He Who created Death and Life, that He may try which of you is best in deed, and He is the Exalted in Might, Oft-Forgiving”. (Al-Qur’an 67:2)

3.Concept of Salvation cannot differ amongst life partners.

The ultimate goal and salvation for every Muslim is to attain paradise in the Hereafter. A true husband or a wife will also want his/her spouse to attain paradise in the hereafter. How can two life-partners live together if their ultimate goal i.e. salvation differs? Or if the ways that they have chosen to lead to this goal are different? Such a marriage would be like a vehicle whose one tyre is that of a cycle while the other tyre is that of a truck. How will the vehicle run smoothly? Similarly if the beliefs or concepts of salvation of the spouses differ then how can they live in congruence and achieve marital harmony?

The writer is President, Islamic Research Foundation, Mumbai and can reached at islam@bom3.vsnl.net.in

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