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Amina asked 3 years ago

Question: Hi,

I hope this finds you well.

I’m marrying a Sunni guy who wants to do the marriage the Sunni way with a Sunni sheikh.

My family wants us to do it both the Sunni and Shia way.

So I would do one in the Sunni mosque with the sunni sheikh, and one with a Shia sheikh.

Is it permissible to do the marriage ceremony two different ways, resulting in two contracts?

2 Answers
mehdi answered 3 years ago

بِسْمِ ٱللَّٰهِ ٱلرَّحْمَٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

As Salaamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuh,

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Based on your specific question and information provided.

Since the Islamic Law is for all time and condition(s). Review and understand all laws and Exceptions applicable to your particular situation in the Section on Marriage see link below.

The Exception of the “Marriage Contract” between Shia and Sunni is Mubah ( Optional / at your discretion ), given that one does Not fear for their (Aqeeda) beliefs. (*)

Having understood the above conditions.

According to Islamic Law, Two contracts are allowed as long as there is no change in the terms and conditions of both contracts.

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mehdi answered 1 year ago


The Islamic Scholars have divided the Islamic teachings in three parts.

1) Fundamental of Faith (Belief / Aqidah)

2) Islamic Ethics / Morals,

3) Islamic Law/ Fiqh / Jurisprudence.

The “institution of Marriage” is covered by all three.

The “Marriage Contract” is cover by Islamic Jurisprudence.

From the Islamic Jurisprudence perspective.

مسألة 215: يجوز زواج المؤمن من المخالفة غير الناصبية، كما يجوز زواج المؤمنة من المخالف غير الناصبي، على كراهة، نعم إذا خيف عليه أو عليها الضلال حرم.

منهاج الصالحين – السيد السيستاني – ج ٣ – الصفحة ٧٠
Minhaj al-Salihin – Sayyid al-Sistani – Part 3 – Page 70 : Edition 7:  Year 1998.

Rough English Translation(you should consult an Arabic speaking person or take it to your local Mosque to the scholar to explain the proper Arabic words/terminology/essence). :

“It is allowed for the believer to marry a woman from the other sect, (on the condition that she is ) not a Nasabi (Nawasib) and it is allowed for the believing woman to marry a person from the other sect (on the condition) he is not a Nasabi (Nawasib) , and it is  ( كراهة ) (Makrooh / Not recommended). If there is  fear on him or her that they will be misguided ( go astray/ loose Imami Shia Faith/ Aqidah / Fiqh ) than it is  ( حرم) ( Haram / Forbidden ).


Updated explanation of the last sentence above (1) ( نعم إذا خيف عليه أو عليها الضلال حرم)


مسألة 215: يجوز زواج المؤمن من المخالفة غير الناصبيّة، كما يجوز زواج المؤمنة من المخالف غير الناصبيّ على كراهة، نعم يحرم إذا خيف عليه أو عليها من أن يؤدّي إلى الانحراف في العقيدة أو المنع من أداء الوظائف الشرعيّة وفق مذهب الإماميّة.

Rough translation of the highlighted text :

Yes, it is (Haram) forbidden if it is feared that he or she will lead to a deviation in the  ( العقيدة ) Creed / Aqidah  or prevent him/her from performing the Islamic Shari’ a duties according to the ( مذهب الإماميّة ) Imami school of thought ( Fiqh / Jurisprudence).


Note: Nawasib (i.e. those who are enemies of (the Holy Imams (عليه السلام) and Sayyida Fatima al-Zahra (sa) ),  are  impure.

(*) Related.