Under muslim personal law, a muslim male can marry not only a muslim woman but also a Jew or a Christian Woman. The only prohibition is with the muslim woman who cannot marry anyone who isn’t a muslim. 1 A woman can renounce Islam and marry anyone who is not a muslim, thereby completely changing her religion. However, such conditions depend on the sect or school of law as well as customary practices being followed by the groom or bride.
With the advent of the Special Marriage Act, now two people who are from different religions can marry and register under this law. Read more on our explainer on Inter-religious marriage.0
- Mulla, D. F., Sir. (n.d.). Principles of Mahomedan Law (20th ed.) p.338.