The status of a non-Muslims marriage after she reverts to Islam

Nasihah (Advice): The benefit in having a righteous spouse


Umar ibn Al-Khattab radiyallahu anhu said, “Nothing benefits a man, after faith in Allah, as much as a wife with good character, who is loving and fertile. Nothing harms a man, after disbelief in Allah, as much as a wife with evil character and a sharp tongue.” [Ḥilyat al-Awliya]



Question and Answer:


  1. Q. A Hindu couple had been married. The Hindu wife accepted Islam. Can the revert Muslim woman who had been a Hindu wife marry a Muslim man immediately after accepting Islam or does she have to wait for a period before making Nikah? When can she make Nikah?


(Question published as received)


  1. If a non-Muslim woman accepts Islam and her non-Muslim husband does not accept Islam, the woman will have to observe the Iddah period of three menstrual cycles for a menstruating woman or three Months for a non-menstruating woman or if she is pregnant, then until she gives birth before marrying a Muslim man.

If her husband does not accept Islam before the termination of her Iddah period, her marriage with her non-Muslim husband will terminate and she is free to marry a Muslim man. (Shaami 3/191)


And Allah Ta’ala Knows Best

(The answer hereby given is specifically based on the question asked and should be read together with the question asked. Islamic rulings on this Q&A newsletter are answered in accordance to the Hanafi Fiqh unless otherwise stated.) 

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