Salakh Mezhiev, the Mufti of Chechnya. Screenshot: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yNxsyA6X_Js

11 November 2020, 15:19

Mufti of Chechnya approves ban on Muslims' interfaith marriages

The conclusion of the Russian Spiritual Administration of Muslims (SAM) on the inadmissibility of interfaith marriages is in line with Muslim traditions, Salakh Mezhiev, the Mufti of Chechnya, has stated after the publication of the conclusion of theologians that Muslims should not marry adherents of other religions.

The theological conclusion of the Russian SAM on the inadmissibility of interfaith marriages "is a common truth in Islam," said the Mufti Salakh Mezhiev.

"These marriages were not allowed ... Everyone already knows that in Islam any (marriage) with a non-Muslim woman is prohibited; there is no need to discuss it and talk about it; there are no disputes or disagreements on this issue," the RIA "Novosti" quotes the Mufti saying on November 10.

Mr Mezhiev has added that some Islamic scholars allow such marriages under certain conditions, but in general, the ban is aimed "at strengthening the family, its spiritual foundations, and reducing the number of divorces and conflicts," the RIA "Novosti" has added.

The theological conclusion of the Council of Ulamas (Islamic scientists) of the Russian SAM was adopted back in July, but it was published on the website of the Muftiate only on November 10, the "Interfax" reported on the same day.

According to the conclusion, Russian Muslims should not marry adherents of other religions.

This article was originally published on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’ on November 11, 2020 at 09:25 am MSK. To access the full text of the article, click here.

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