Interfaith Marriage

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Interfaith and inter-sect marriages

Early in the history of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, inter-sect marriages were more accepted. Today they are strongly discouraged. One reason for this is the severe persecution Ahmadis face in Muslim-majority countries. Particularly in Pakistan, non-Ahmadi leaders have regularly declared marriages to Ahmadis invalid, fueling severe persecution of Ahmadi Muslims, sometimes at the hands of their own in-laws or spouses. 

The conflicting faiths of parents can also place stress on the family in choosing the religion subsequent children will be raised in. 

Converting to marry an Ahmadi

To make marriage instrumental in converting others to the religion of one party is in principle objectionable. It's not the right way of spreading the faith at all, because if you convert somebody for the sake of the wife, then his religion will only carry meaning in the family relationship. It will have no meaning to God. That's why the Holy Prophetsa has mentioned: "Actions will be judged by intentions."...if somebody says I have become an Ahmadi Muslim, we can't peek into their intentions, although apparently he seems to be wrong, he seems to be doing it for the sake of the girl...but God can't be cheated.

- Hazrat Mirza Tahir Ahmad, Question & Answer Session 25 February 1996

Converts who are already married to spouses from another faith

Those who convert to Ahmadiyya beliefs from another faith or sect are not required to divorce non-converting spouses. This is in accordance with the teachings of the Prophet of Islam, Muhammadsa, who allowed Muslim women who converted to remain with their non-Muslim husbands:

In the time of the Messenger of Allahsa women were becoming Muslim in their own lands and they did not migrate, while their husbands were still disbelievers. Among them was the wife of Safwan ibn Umayya. She became Muslim and her husband fled from Islam...The Messenger of Allahsa did not separate Safwan and his wife.

- Malik