Validity of marriage when the spouses enter Islaam

Question 8: I know a 24-year-old man who was Christian, but Allaah guided him to do that which He loves and which pleases Him, and he embraced Islaam in Egypt. He is an Egyptian and he has now left his parents, his wife, and his 3-year-old child, and traveled abroad in pursuit of a better future. However, he receives letters from his mother and sends her some money, saying that it is a way of maintaining the ties of kinship. Is it permissible for him to be in touch with and support his Christian mother, when he is Muslim? The brother also asks about returning to his wife, if she agrees and she accepts Islaam. If he does, should there be a new marriage contract or is the contractthey first made sufficient? If she refuses to accept Islam, but agrees to live with him, is it permissible for a Muslim man to be married to a Christian woman? What is the consequence on the children, are they Christians or Muslims? He insists that he will marry a Muslim woman if his wife refuses to embrace Islaam. We are trying to convince him to return to his wife for the sake of his child as they have now been separated, without a divorce, for four years. Please advise us and may Allaah guide you and reward you with the best!

Answer: First, A son supporting his disbelieving mother is Waajib (obligatory); he has to be a good companion to her and be dutiful to her and maintain kind relations with her as far as he can. Allaah (Exalted be He) says (what means)... read more here.


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