No jizyah, no kitabiyyah – Ibn ‘Abbaas, Chief of the Mufassiroon

04 Aug

As-Salamu ‘Alaikum.

الْيَوْمَ أُحِلَّ لَكُمُ الطَّيِّبَاتُ وَطَعَامُ الَّذِينَ أُوتُواْ الْكِتَابَ حِلٌّ لَّكُمْ وَطَعَامُكُمْ حِلُّ لَّهُمْ وَالْمُحْصَنَاتُ مِنَ الْمُؤْمِنَاتِ وَالْمُحْصَنَاتُ مِنَ الَّذِينَ أُوتُواْ الْكِتَابَ مِن قَبْلِكُمْ إِذَا آتَيْتُمُوهُنَّ أُجُورَهُنَّ مُحْصِنِينَ غَيْرَ مُسَافِحِينَ وَلاَ مُتَّخِذِي أَخْدَانٍ وَمَن يَكْفُرْ بِالإِيمَانِ فَقَدْ حَبِطَ عَمَلُهُ وَهُوَ فِي الآخِرَةِ مِنَ الْخَاسِرِينَ

Translation of meaning: Made lawful for you today are the clean things, and the foods of the people given the book are permissible for you, and your foods are permissible for them; and chaste women from the believers* and the chaste women from the people who have been given a book prior to you, when you provide them their mahr binding them [in marriage], not by lewdness and taking them as secretive companions; he who disbelieves from iman**, all his deeds are lost, and in the hereafter he is from the doomed. [Holy Quran 5:5]

* Note that the Quran mentions “believers” separate to people of the book. This is ANOTHER proof that christians and jews are NOT counted as believers in Allah.

** Regarding the explanation on this part [he who disbelieves from iman, all his deeds are lost], please also CLICK HERE to see this post.

This is a snippet from what Imam Fakhruddin Ar-Razi says, in the tafsiir of this verse, in his encyclopedic Mafaatiih Al-Ghayb:

، وأكثر الفقهاء على أن ذلك مخصوص بالذمية فقط، وهذا قول ابن عباس، فإنه قال: من نساء أهل الكتاب من يحل لنا، ومنهن من لا يحل لنا، وقرأ {قاتلوا الذين لا يؤمنون بالله} إلى قوله {حتى يعطوا الجزية عن يد} (التوبة: 29) فمن أعطى الجزية حل، ومن لم يعط لم يحل

And majority of the [mujtahid] fuqahaa are [united] on [the opinion] that this [permission to marry ahl al-kitab women] is specific ONLY to the dhimmiyah, and this is the saying of Ibn ‘Abbaas, because he said: “From the women of the ahl al-kitab which ones are permissible on us [to marry] and which ones of them are not permissible on us [to marry]?” and he read {War [against] the people who do not believe in Allah} until His saying {until they pay the jizyah with their hands} (9:29). Therefore the one who pays the jizyah is permissible * [to marry] and the one who doesn’t is not permissible [to marry].

* i.e., the one who belongs to a society that pays jizyah, i.e., it refers to women of the dhimmis, they are allowed to be married. It doesn’t mean that the woman personally has to be the jizyah payer, as jizyah is paid by their men.

We see that the relied upon and sound opinion of the fuqahaa across the various madhhabs is that marriage to ANY & EVERY ahl al-kitab woman is FORBIDDEN – unless she’s a jizyah-paying dhimmiyah of an Islamic state.

This can be confirmed from the major fiqh texts of ALL the 4 madhhabs that this is indeed the optimum and relied upon opinion (asahh, mukhtar, yufta bihi, aqwa etc.) across ALL the 4 madhhabs of the Ahlus Sunnah. Indeed MANY scholars have ruled it HARAM to marry non-dhimmi ahl al-kitab women.

Those so-called scholars who propagate and promote that Muslim men in these times can marry ahl al-kitab women, are SEVERELY hurting the interests of Islam and Muslims, specially in the case of Muslims residing in kafir lands.

The Holy Quran says that a Muslim slave girl is better than a mushrikah. Such jahil ‘scholars’ are kicking our Muslim sisters in the gut. A mufti who issues a ruling being unaware of the circumstances of the world he lives in is called a jahil in the Shari’ah.

We have so many Muslim sisters seeking husbands and facing many problems with single/divorced/widowed life. Those Muslim men who follow their whims and passions and marry ahl al-kitab women are also SEVERELY hurting the cause of Islam and severely disrespecting our Muslim sisters.

I have seen more than one case of the man marrying a christian or jew lady fooling himself that “he will convert her to Islam”, only to end up in a divorce and the mother getting the custody of the Muslim’s child. In the end SHE converted the Muslim’s child to christian/jew/atheist, and we seek Allah’s refuge.

Dear brothers in Islam, the case is simple. No amount of infatuation with a woman is worth giving up on your own faith or the faith of your children. REMEMBER – you will answer to Allah for raising your children. If your children become kafir due to your stupidity, you shall be responsible for it before Allah. It is FARDZ to raise your children Muslim.

A person who is just happy and pleased with kufr is himself a kafir – then what can be said about a parent, who himself gives his child away to kufr?!! And we seek Allah’s refuge.

Answer this – In modern kafir states, is there ANY way you can ensure that your child will be raised as a Muslim if you die unexpectedly and your child is raised by a kafir mother? Is there any way to prevent a kafir mother from getting custody of your child and raising the child as a kafir? It is a fact of life that often in cases of divorce, one spouse deliberately uses the children as a tool to hurt the ex-spouse. Just what can you do if a filthy kafirah woman raises your child as a pagan only for the purpose of hurting you and mocking your Islam? For if she does do it, she will still be within the confines of the laws of kufr which do not have any provisions to ensure that a Muslim’s child is raised a Muslim. If both you and your wife die, and your Muslim family is not present in the kafir nation and the child’s custody is given to the wife’s kafir family, can you in any way enforce that your child be raised Muslim?

In modern day kafir nations – it is magnanimously hurtful to the interests of Islam if Muslim men marry ahl al-kitab women. It is detrimental to the future of the Muslim’s children, EVEN IF it is a sound marriage and the children are raised as a Muslim. Books of fiqh state that a dhimmi woman is surrounded by Islamic laws and culture around her, so the DOMINANT culture is Islam and her being a kafirah does not have so much of a bearing on the raising of the children. A harbiyyah on the other hand is a kafirah soaked in the rampant kafir culture in a kafir land, so in any case, the children will be raised under a significantly greater influence and culture of disbelief and paganism, and their Islamic learning and following will be SEVERELY handicapped. It is for this reason that scholars have stated that Muslim men are NOT allowed to marry non-dhimmi ahl al-kitab women.

Furthermore, it is detrimental to the state of the ummah and the Muslim minorities in the kafir nation. With so many Muslim sisters remaining single, this will only exaggerate their problems and open the doors of fitnah for them.

Even ONE brother is one brother too many. If a brother is a convert who stays married to his christian/jew wife after converting to Islam, he can seek good counsel from a scholar of the Ahlus Sunnah regarding his specific situation with the family and children.

But for Muslim brothers looking to get married, they are simply hurting Islam and the interests of Muslims by marrying ahl al-kitab women in these times SPECIALLY THOSE BROTHERS RESIDING IN THE KAFIR WEST.

We ALL have a collective responsibility towards the ummah. Those foolish brothers who are infatuated by kafirah women for any reason, need to think of their own akhirah, and the akhirah of their future generations, and what they will answer to Allah on judgment day before they venture out to marry a kafirah. 


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2 responses to “No jizyah, no kitabiyyah – Ibn ‘Abbaas, Chief of the Mufassiroon

  1. najunuddeen

    August 4, 2011 at 11:56 pm

    Assalamu A^laikum
    What a wondeful advice I got this advice exactly 23 years ago from my teacher after my daughter was born I decided to take my daughter and my wife to beiruit where my sheikh lives, now my daughter just entered the university speak fluent arabic and married my sheikhs son and my daughter her mother live is Lebanon I work in Taiwan.They come to see me and I go to see them. This is the blessing of Allah and the sign for people to have trustworthy sheikh and follow the sheikh. My son in law is decendent of the prophets they both read quran in Tajweed and my son in law became third in the world reciting quran and presently he is doing his master in Physics and my daughter is entering the university to do Child Pshycology.

  2. Haya

    June 2, 2014 at 10:19 am

    Truly said there’s obviously no khair in marrying a kafirah.
    We should disdain the kuffar and love only and only Muslim Umma.


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