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Assalamu Alikum, Pls take ur precious time and give me a good answer for this request. I have an elder brother who's trying to marry an Ukrainian girl who's following a religion call 'Russian Orthodox'.
Actually I do not know their beliefs and faith about the religion. By conversing to that girl (chatting over the net) I found out that she's carrying a chain with Cross on her neck and their church consist of a Cross with Jesus.
She believes the god as 1) the Father, 2) the son & 3) the holy spirit.

I don't know how far she's into the religion. My brother was telling me that she'll think of converting .. it may take some time. But She told me that she has no idea of converting to Islam and she'll never remove that cross on her neck in her life.

In this case my brother is telling me that it's allowed in Islam to marry a Jew/Christian woman. I said that not to marry her without converting and he's not listening sort of. Because he deadly believes that it's not haraam. In this case I need to know the fatwa about the situation mentioned is halal or haram .... and in such case if he marries to her and brings her to our country...... how we should treat him & her? I mean is it allowed for us to move like we moved with our brother before freely?... Suppose if it's a sinful thing then can we still accept her as our sister in law and him as a Muslim brother?

Suppose if the marriage is allowed then are there any conditions regarding the marriage, children, taking her to church, her dresses etc etc....... after marriage? I don't know how to explain you more than this...... but please try to understand what I think ... Try to clarify about the 'Russian Orthodox' and give me a good fatwa ASAP Please. I like to stop some sinful thing happening to my brother... (If it's a sin) .. so please answer me soon!!
Jazakallahu Khaira.......
Sister In Islam.


Respected Brother-in-Islam
Assalaamu Alaykum Wa Rahmatullaahi Wa Barakaatuhu

From your description the Ukrainian woman is a Christian hence marriage to her is permissible. But majority of the Ulama are of the opinion that, it is waajib (compulsory) to abstain from this type of a marriage.

Firstly, because there is a great possibility that the off spring of this marriage will follow the mother’s faith and secondly because even the husband’s Imaan is at stake. (Ahsanul Fataawaa Vol.5 Page.89-90, Imdaadul Fataawaa Vol.2 Page.254-255)
And Allah Ta’ala knows best,
Mufti Muhammad Ashraf Darul Iftaa - Jameah Mahmoodiyah, Springs


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