Fatwa n° 603
Category: Fatwas about Family - Marriage Contract – Establishing Marriage Contract
Concerning the straight woman’s consent in marrying an immigrant who intends to come back to his mother country
A man living in the country of disbelief asked in marriage a sister who is religiously committed. She informed him that living there (i.e. in the country of disbelief) is religiously not permissible. He told her that he is planning to come back to Algeria as soon as he finishes the two remaining years of work and gets retired. So, does she have to accept him as a husband and wait for him or not? May Allah reward you.
All praise is due to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds. Peace and blessing be upon whom Allah sent as a mercy to the Worlds, upon his Family, his Companions and his Brothers until the Day of Resurrection:
It depends on the woman’s case. In other words, if she is young, the suitors do not overlook her in most cases. So, I advise her to wait until she finds a man whose religion and morals are pleasing, because he who lives in the country of disbelief for a long period is likely to lack the religious knowledge and the religious commitment by being on the path of guidance and fearing Allah; and because the habits and characteristics pertaining to the country of disbelief are often imprinted in the immigrant. This being said, the woman who is religiously committed will find it difficult to achieve a marital life in the way that pleases Allah عزّ وجلّ; but even more, he will influence her religion and behavior with the passage of time. Nevertheless, if she has reached an advanced age and risks not being married, and this suitor shows a sincerity to be religiously committed and to demonstrate the Islamic rituals, then she can accept him and wait until he comes back from the country of disbelief.
The perfect knowledge belongs to Allah عزَّ وجلَّ; and our last prayer is all the praises and thanks are to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds, and prayers of Allah are to Muhammad and his Family, Companions and Brothers until the Day of Resurrection.
Algiers on: Dhî Al-Hijjah the 20th, 1427 H
Corresponding to January the 9th, 2007 G.