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Can a Sunni marry a Shi'ah?

All praises be to Allaah, Lord and Sustainer of the worlds, and may the peace and blessings of Allaah be upon our Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and upon his family and companions.

There are two ways of doing anything in this life;

a. one follows the guidance of Islaam which is sent from Allaah.
b. one follows his own desires and does what he feels is better for his heart. 

If we have to take the first option, then a Sunni Muslim, whether a man or a woman, should not marry a Shi'ah.

The differences between Ahl al-Sunnah (Sunnis) and the Shi'ah are too big, and are related to the fundamental aspects of Islaam. It is not correct to say that we are all Muslims and division should not occur, because we are Muslim by our beliefs. If belief becomes corrupt to the extent of denying the validity of Qur'aan and attributes of Allaah, then this is disbelief.

Although the Shi'ah call themselves Muslims, many of them in fact leave the fold of Islaam by:

1. Their beliefs, such as believing that some part of the Qur'aan has been removed by some people, or that prophethood was meant for someone other than the Messenger of Allaah and by mistake it ended up on him, or that the Imams are more knowledgeable than the prophets. Exaggeration about their imaams is made and they are worshipped, being given precedence over the Prophets and angels. They also believe in hypocrisy (as a tenet of faith) and call it taqiyyah (dissimulation), so that when there is a need of taking some benefit, they can hide their actual belief. They also believe in al-badaa' (the notion that Allaah "changes His mind"), al-raj'ah (the Return, i.e., the raising of the dead to life again for some time in the same form as they were before) and the absolute infallibility of their imams.

2. Their actions, such as making additions in the Shahaadatayn or praying in a manner not prescribed in Islaam. They prostrate on a handful of clay or leaf from Karbala. They go on pilgrimages to mashhads (shrines) and graves, where they do all kinds of actions of shirk, associating others in worship with Allaah. They condemn most of the Sahaabah (may Allaah be pleased with them), use abusive language for them and consider them disbelievers.

There are too many other beliefs and actions to mention here. The Shi'ah include a wide spectrum of people, the mildest of whom are innovators and the worst who have no limits.

A Muslim must seek a pious spouse, because a pious spouse will help him/her to achieve paradise, while a deviant one may drag him/her into the hellfire.

And Allah the Most Knowledgeable knows what is best and most correct.

May Allaah help and guide us to do all that He is pleased with and his Peace and blessings be upon His last Prophet Muhammad.

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