Conversion of religion of a non-muslim without any real change of belief in Islam and only for marriage is void

Noor Jahan Begum Vs State Of UP

Allahabad HC


WRIT - C No. - 57068 of 2014

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Applying the above noted principles as laid down in various judgments and mandate of The Holy QURAN in Sura II Ayat 221, I find that alleged conversion of petitioner No.1, girl in each of the writ petitions cannot be said to be bonafide or valid. The religion of petitioner No.1 in each of the writ petitions was converted at the instance of the petitioner No.2 (boys) to marry with the girl. The petitioner girls have stated that they do not know about Islam. In the writ petition as well as in the statements on oath made before this Court, the petitioner girls have not stated that they have any real faith and belief in the unity of God and Mohamed to be prophet. They all stated that the boy got their religion converted with sole purpose to marry with her. Thus conversion of religion to Islam, in the present set of facts, of the girls without their faith and belief in Islam and at the instance of the boys, solely for the purpose of marriage, cannot be said to be a valid conversion to Islam religion. These marriages (Nikah) are against the mandate in Sura II Ayat 221 of the Holy Quran. Even in the case of Lily Thomas (supra) Hon'ble Supreme Court observed in paragraph Nos. 7,8 and 40 that conversion of religion of a non-muslim without any real change of belief in Islam and only for marriage is void. [para 43]

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