Does Islam condone Sayyed families rejecting non-Sayyeds for marriage?


I have heard of some Sayyed families who apparently rejected very pious young men because they were not Sayyeds. Is this justifiable Islamically?



Obviously not. Islam should not be viewed by the practice of certain ignorant Muslims. Here is a clear instruction from the holy Prophet of Islam (P):

A prime example of the Prophetic lifestyle in marriage is mentioned in the Holy Qur’an where the Holy Prophet (P) solemnized the marriage of Zainab and Zaid (Surah 33). Zainab was the first cousin of the Prophet (P), so she would be a Sayyida, while Zaid was a freed slave.

Many of our eminent scholars who were Sayyeds married their daughters to non-Sayyids. For example, Imam Khomeini (r.a) had three sons-in-law, and none of them were Sayyeds. By the way, I’m not a Sayyed but I also married a Sayyeda!

Answered by: Sheikh Mansour Leghaei

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