Marriage between a man from the

Q:A few days ago, we had a question and we did not know what we should do concerning it. We have differed concerning this point. We will be satisfied with your judgment in this regard as it is according to the judgment of Allah (Exalted be He) and His Messenger. The issue is that we have a Muslim woman who married a Christian. This marriage lasted for 15 years and she gave birth to Christian children. The one who told us this story says that he married this person because she committed adultery with him and he promised her that he would embrace Islam. However, he did not do that. Her family renounced her and severed their ties with her. She is asking if she has a chance to repent. She says that despite all these things, she used to perform Salah (Prayer) secretly. What is the ruling on this woman in Islam, and during these days when Shari`ah (Islamic Law) is not applied? Should we accept or renounce her?

A: It is not permissible for a Muslim woman to marry a disbeliever. They have to be separated. Allah (Exalted be He) says: And give not (your daughters) in marriage to Al-Mushrikûn till they believe (in Allâh Alone) Moreover, she has to repent to Allah (Glorified be He) and be sorry for what she has done. She also has to be determined not to return to doing that again. (Part No. 18; Page No. 275) May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.