Do not marry your daughter to him

Reference: Sharh ‘Umdatil-Fiqh – Tape No.1, Question No.35

Question: A man approached me to seek my daughter’s hand in marriage, and later it became apparent to me that he does not pray, so what should I do?

Response: You should not marry your daughter to him. So long as he does not pray, then he is a disbeliever[1], so do not marry your daughter to him.

Translator’s note:
[1] Jaabir ibn ‘Abdillaah (radhi-yAllaahu ‘annual) narrated the Prophet ﷺ said:

«Between a man and shirk and disbelief there stands his neglect of the prayer» Transmitted by Muslim

Buraydah ibn al-Husayb (radhi-yAllaahu ‘anhu) said: “I heard the Messenger of Allaah ﷺ say:

«The covenant that distinguishes between us and them is the prayer, and whoever neglects it has disbelieved (become a disbeliever)» Transmitted by Ahmad, Abu Daawood, at-Tirmidhi, and Ibn Maajah

He is a graduate of the Islaamic University of Madeenah, having graduated from the Institute of Arabic Language, and later the Faculty of Sharee'ah in 2004. He currently resides in Birmingham, UK.

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