Dr. Bilal Philip mentions that for a new revert, we need not focus on the issue of having to leave the non-Muslim spouse if he/she does not also revert. Why is this not considered urgent when the marriage becomes invalid with the conversion of one of the spouse to Islam and therefore, zina could result many times over?
It's a question of focusing on generalities or specifics. What Dr. Bilal means is that we must first focus on letting the sister accept Islam as this is more important and later on we can inform her about the status of her marriage with her non Muslim husband. Later doesn't mean that we must let her stay with the non Muslim husband as normal couple. Rather what he meant that we must not allow her present marital bond to become an obstacle in accepting Islam.< Back to Questions