Marry with a non-Muslim at Chuch

The Details of the Question
If a muslim married to christien women in court house or church, is that acceptable in islam or not?
The Answer

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There is an agreement that two witnesses should be Muslim in a marriage in which both parties are Muslim because, a non-Muslim does not have a right of guardianship over a Muslim. (see the Qur’an, an-Nisa, 4:141; al-Kasani, II, 253). According to Abu Hanifa and Abu Yusuf, if both parties or only the woman are from People of the Book, witnesses can be from the People of the Book. So, a marriage in a church is valid. However, it is better for a Muslim to perform a marriage ceremony which is appropriate to the sunnah.


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