Is it permissible for Sunni boy to marry a shia girl? I like this girl right now and she is shia and I am sunni. I am confused and before I proceed I want to know.

Does sunni islam allow shia-sunni marriage. Does shia islam allow shia-sunni marriage?



In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.

Brother in Islam,

Marriage is a very important step in one’s life and making the right decision when choosing the correct spouse entails marital success. One very important factor when choosing a spouse is finding a spouse that is pious and that would support you and ensure the correct upbringing of your children according the teachings of Allah and his Rasul Salallahu Alayhi Wasallam. If your spouse has correct traits and beliefs this will have a positive effect on you and your children. Conversely, if she has wrong traits and beliefs so will be the effect on you and your children.

The most important issue in considering a wife, apart from considering her character, beauty etc is her correct beliefs and aqida.  It is inconceivable that two persons living as closely as husband and wife and who have different beliefs which they consider close and dear to them can live with harmony and understanding.

We are from the Ahlus-Sunnah Wal Jamaah and our aqida and value system is very different from Shias. Present day Jafari Shias beliefs are very different from the beliefs of the Ahlus-Sunnah Wal Jamaah. Here are some of their beliefs that we do not agree with:



Imaamah is a divine station like Nubuwwat. This implies that Sunnis, who do not believe in Imaamah, are unbelievers. According to their beliefs, Allah had chosen twelve men to succeed Nabi (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam). The twelfth Imaam however disappeared at the age of five. He is believed to be the awaited Mahdi.



The Imaams possess more knowledge than the Ambiyaa. They are superior to the Ambiyaa and the entire creation. The Imaams can bring the dead back to life. No knowledge of the heavens and the earth is hidden from them.



The Qur'an is incomplete and distorted in its present form. This tenet had been explicitly propounded by the classical scholars of Shi'ism, but carefully denied by the contemporary scholars.



The Sahaaba were guilty of wilfully distorting and corrupting the Deen of Muhammad (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam). They turned renegade after the demise of Nabi (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam) except the immediate household of Nabi (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam).





To gain virtue and reward by tricking or lieing to a Sunni Muslim.


Islam and Shi'ism are two parallel streams of thought that can never converge. They are as distinct from each other, as is Islam to the Ahlul-Kitaab. To ignore these differences is to ignore the stark reality.

If the girl is a Jafari Shia and she holds the above mentioned beliefs or some of them, you should not marry her. Advise her to adopt the correct version of Islam and become a Sunni. Once she does that, you may marry her.[1]


And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best

Ismail Dawoodjee

Student Darul Iftaa

Checked and Approved by,
Mufti Ebrahim Desai.


[1]الا تكون المراة مشركة اذا كان الرجل مسلما لا يجوز للمسلم ان ينكح المشركة لقول الله تعالى و لاتنكحوا المشركات حتى يؤمنّ(البدائع ج3 ص458 علمية)

فتاوى محمودية ج17 ص70 م محمودية

فتاوى بينات ج3 ص153 م بينات

 فمقتضى الوجه حل مناكحتهم ...بخلاف من خالف القواطع المعلومةبالضرورة من الدين... ظهر ان الرافضى ان كان ممن يعتقدالالوهية فى على  او ان جبريل غلط فى الوحى (رد المختار ج3 ص46 سعيد)


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