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    She was a Baha'i follower and got married to a man who was also Baha'i. After nine years of marriage (with two children), she converts to Islam. And now she faces family disturbance on many issue, like marriage status, custody of children and joint land properties etc. She needs guidance in all these main issues and others consequences which are not presently in picture but will be crop up in future as well.

    Does anyone know how she should deal with such situation? (with references and Qur'anic verses)

    Thank you in advance.

  • #2
    Re: A new muslim woman


    Is the man still a non-Muslim?

    If so, she needs to go talk to an Imam or a Shari court, as soon as possible.

    Some links that might be helpful:
    Secure few moments, everyday, to reflect upon the innumerable blessings of Allah and thank Him for bestowing them upon you.

    "A person who is blessed with the ability to be grateful, shall never be deprived of barakah and increase in blessings."
    - Rasulullah (صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم)‎


    • #3
      Re: A new muslim woman

      From the point of view of the man, it should not matter that his wife is now a Muslim. Bahai shariah does not ban or discourage inter-religious marriage. I suggest she should first try to talk through the issues with conciliators, one from his family, one from hers (See 4:35,

      If any issues remain, see if there is a Local Spiritual Assembly or National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahais that could arbitrate. Women will generally speaking get a better deal under Bahai shariah than under Islamic shariah, since the Bahai shariah teaches full equality, plus extra privileges for women such as the right to be supported during a separation. The marriage will have been made under Bahai shariah (since they were both Bahais then), and if it comes to divorce, the woman may get better treatment divorcing under Bahai shariah than under Islamic shariah - for example, she can initiate the divorce. But the waiting period for Bahai divorce is 1 year (for both man and woman), whereas under Islamic shariah it is only 3 months for the woman. But remarriage may not be an issue.

      In short, look at the individual circumstances carefully, at the relevant specifics of Islamic and Bahai shariah, and at the competence and availability of local and national Bahai assemblies, and of Imams and Sharia courts, and whatever civil court or marriage guidance system may be available. Not every Bahai assembly is equally competent (some have existed for generations, some are brand new and have trouble getting a meeting organised!), and not every Imam is a good Imam, or follows the right law school. So knowing which law school she adheres to -- if she has become a Sunni rather than a Shia -- is also relevant.