Why Muslim Women Cant Marry Non-Muslim Men-Dr. Abdullah Ali


A recent article in the Huffington Post entitled “Muslim Women Can Marry Outside The Faith” opined the notion that “Many Muslim scholars and Imams affirm interfaith marriages of Muslim women to non-Muslim men”. This disputable contention raised a number of questions on social media from Muslims. Does Islam permit Muslim women to marry non-Muslim men? Does such a marriage fall under the category of ‘makruh’according to Islamic law? Since there is no explicit prohibition of women marrying non-Muslim men in the Qur’an or Hadith, why is it considered haram for Muslim women to marry non-Muslim men?

For the answers to these questions, we turned to Dr.Abdullah Ali the founder of the Lamppost Education Initiative and a Professor of Islamic Law at Zaytuna College in Berkeley, California. He conducted an informal “Facebook Live” session that we recorded. Please listen to his responses to this article.

Abdullah bin Hamid Ali is the founder of the Lamppost Education Initiative. He also serves as a full-time faculty member specializing in Islamic Law, Theology, and Hadith Science at Zaytuna College in Berkeley, CA. He is a lifelong student of the Islamic tradition. Born to Muslim parents, he began a serious study of Islam in his early teens. He attended Temple University for two years (1995-1997) prior to pursuing studies that culminated in a four-year collegiate license (ijaza ‘ulya) from the prestigious Al-Qarawiyin University of Fes, Morocco (1997-2001). He holds a BA from the Al-Karaouine/Al-Qarawiyin University’s Faculty of Islamic Law (Shariah) and an MA in Ethics & Social Theory from The Graduate Theological Union (2009-2012) of Berkeley, CA and a Ph.D in in Cultural & Historical Studies fromat GTU.