Muslim Women Should Be Able to Marry Non-Muslim Men. If not, can we forbid Muslim women from marrying a Christian or Jewish man?. According to all four schools of Sunni law and men are allowed to marry non- Muslim women from the People of the Book (i.e. the Jews and Christians). Muslim-Christian couples rejoice over decision to allow Muslim women to women from marrying foreigners (by implication, non-Muslim men).
I did receive a large number of inquiries about this same issue, and I have tended to avoid responding to them because I am not exactly very excited about handling this weighty and serious problem. Surprising to me, all schools of thought prohibited a Muslim woman from marrying a man who is a kitabi among the people of the book.
I am not aware of a single dissenting opinion on this, which is rather unusual for Islamic jurisprudence because Muslim jurists often disagreed on many issues, but this is not one of them.
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All jurists agreed that a Muslim man or woman may not marry a mushrik [one who associates partners with God--there is a complex and multi-layered discourse on who is to be considered a mushrik, but we will leave this for a separate discussion]. However, because of al-Ma'ida verse 5, there is an exception in the case of a Muslim man marrying a kitabiyya.
There is no express prohibition in the Qur'an or elsewhere about a Muslim woman marrying a kitabi. However, the jurists argued that since express permission was given to men, by implication women must be prohibited from doing the same.
What does the Qur’an say about the interfaith marriage?
If men needed to be given express permission to marry a kitabiyya, women needed to be given express permission as well, but since they were not given any such permission then they must be barred from marrying a kitabi. The justification for this rule was two-fold: Religious coercion is prohibited in Islam.
However, in Christianity and Judaism a similar prohibition against coercion does not exist. According to their own religious law, Muslim jurists argued, Christian men may force their Muslim wives to convert to their the husbands' religion.
Put differently, it was argued, Islam recognizes Christianity and Judaism as valid religions, but Judaism and Christianity do not recognize the validity of Islam as a religion. Since it was assumed that the man is the stronger party in a marriage, it was argued that Christian and Jewish men will be able to compel their Muslim wives to abandon Islam. If a Muslim man would do the same, he would be violating Islamic law and committing a grave sin.
Importantly, the Hanafi, Maliki, and Shafi'i jurists held that it is reprehensible makruh for Muslim men to marry a kitabiyya if they live in non-Muslim countries. They argued that in non-Muslim countries, mothers will be able to influence the children the most. Therefore, there is a high likelihood that the children will not grow up to be good Muslims unless both parents are Muslim.
No two believers are alike. And, as anyone in any relationship will tell you, no two people are alike.
Everyone has their own views, opinions and convictions, regardless of their chosen religion or lack of one. Some relationships are interfaith, but all relationships are inter-belief.Muslims Marrying Christians or Jews - Zulfiqar Ali Shah
What is that necessary and sufficient factor? We have found that it is far more important to share the same values than the same religion. It is true that some values are associated more closely with certain religion affiliations. But values do not just take root inside a person as a result of their religion, of how they have chosen to describe or name or worship God. We choose our values because of myriad factors: Our values shape us, as our journeys through life — and our journeys through faith — play out.
In faith, as in love, we leap. We whisper holy words, words that hold power, maybe magic.
We pilgrimage across whatever distances necessary. We experience the ineffable. We understand the unexplainable.
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We sense in an instant a familiarity, a knowing. We get over and outside of ourselves to connect with something so much bigger. When required, we willingly suffer in the name of this sacred union.
Sometimes, thank God, we fall in love. Because, sometimes, we find a person who helps us with our blind spots, who helps us glimpse a little more of the divine than we would have on our own.