Christian dating a muslim girl

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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.Then there are the cases of sisters whose preference is to marry within their race but there are not enough suitable African American Muslim men at least in this city. When I say suitable African American Muslim men, I mean those who are knowledgeable about the Deen and truly strive to practice it, those who have truly accepted the role and responsibilities of the Muslim male and do not demand that the woman provide more financially for them than they provide for her, those who are not extremist, those who have not been married and divorced 3, 4 or 5 times with children all over the place, those who are not trying to have several wives when they can't afford to take care of one, etc.

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].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.The justification for this rule was two-fold: 1) Technically, children are given the religion of their father, and so legally speaking, the offspring of a union between a Muslim male and a kitabiyya would still be Muslim; 2)It was argued that Muslim men are Islamically prohibited from forcing their wives to become Muslim. 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.

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