Sorry to say, but it would still be impermissible. There's no guarantee she will convert and for however long you were in a marraige with her (as long as she had Atheistic beliefs) you'd technically be sinning. It's also important to understand that you can't force her to convert either. The marriage is likely to just break down at some point, trust me, I've seen it.
(Original post by Average Joe 1992)
thank you for the reply, so what if I marry an athiest, and she says that she would consider converting into Islam but not right away, and that it will take her time (say, a few years) to look into the religion etc. in this case can a muslim man marry an athiest?
I honestly can't relate, because I don't understand how someone can get so attached like this. I have seen situations where women have converted to Islam (with Non-Muslim husbands) and that is a whole another level to what you're describing. But, not everything happens to what we want, we can't necessarily cherry pick our actions in regards to our beliefs. The Prophet(pbuh) once said; "You will never give up something for the sake of Allah, may He be glorified and exalted, except that Allah will replace it with something that is better for you than it." (Ahmad)
My best recommendation is to try and give her Dawah, give her some good books to read on Islam etc. and let her in her own time take the plunge upon her own conscious. If she and you were really meant to be upon Qadr (fate) then she will become a Muslim, nothing wrong with you praying for that.
And please remember;
Know ye (all), that the life of this world is but play and amusement, pomp and mutual boasting and multiplying, (in rivalry) among yourselves, riches and children; as the likeness of vegetation after rain, delight (the hearts of) the tillers; soon it withers; thou wilt see it grow yellow; then it becomes dry and crumbles away. But in the Hereafter is a Penalty severe (for the devotees of wrong). And Forgiveness from Allah and (His) Good Pleasure (for the devotees of Allah). And what is the life of this world, except the enjoyment of delusion? [Q 57:20]
Last edited by Perseveranze; 07-06-2012 at 02:24.
What I said was:
(Original post by G-STAR01)
Read his quote again.
It says lawful to you in marriage are chaste women from the believers and chaste women from those who were given the Scripture (Jews and Christians) before your time.
The meaning here is clear. That those mentioned are lawful for you, this would mean those not mentioned are not or Allah would not make specific reference to those of the book of scriptures.
"I don't know of any other verse which explicitly prohibits a Muslim from marrying anyone else due to their religious beliefs, or lack of religious beliefs".
That is, a verse which actually says the words "You may not marry people who believe XYZ", or "Forbidden to you in marriage are people who believe XYZ", or equivalent. Not a verse which is interpreted to mean this, but a verse which actually says it.
As I said before, when we're dealing with explicit permissions and prohibitions, the statement "You may marry those who believe XYZ" is different from the statement "You may only marry those who believe XYZ", even if you might end up interpreting them to implicitly mean the same thing.
Last edited by tazarooni89; 20-06-2012 at 00:31.