We often receive emails asking about marrying someone from a different religion, especially Muslims marrying Christians. Let’s discuss this and the conflicts that arise.
Muslim Viewpoint: Men Verses Women Marriages
Islam states two different sets of rules for marrying someone from another religion. Muslim women must marry Muslim men. Otherwise, they will commit adultery.
But Muslim men may marry non-Muslim women. The Quran says, “. . . It is lawful for you to marry . . . chaste women of the People of the Book” (Qs 5:5). They may marry Christian and Jewish women. They can marry a non-Muslim woman because he has full power over his wife.
Muhammad had several non-Muslim wives. His first wife, Siti Khadijah, was not Muslim when they married. Several of his close friends also married Christian women.
The Purpose of Marriage According to the Injil
The Injil plainly states: “Don’t team up with those who are unbelievers. How can righteousness be a partner with wickedness? How can light live with darkness” (Injil, 2 Corinthians 6:14)? The purpose of marriage is to glorify God together. If a husband and wife have two different religions, how can they work together to glorify God?
Problems for Couples of Different Faiths
First, the relationship with in-laws is not harmonious. This is especially true if the in-laws are faithful in their own religion. It isn’t easy for them to accept that their child has married someone of another faith.
Second, the spouses become less faithful in their worship. If you have a spouse of another faith, you compromise.
Third, the children are confused. Who should they worship with–their father or their mother? A marriage between individuals of different religions doesn’t just have negative effects on the couple, it also affects their entire family.
Isa Al-Masih Offers Rest
Are you in a relationship now with someone of a different faith? Are you thinking about marrying him or her? Or, are you already married to someone of a different faith? Talk to us about it!
If so, you may be confused about what to do. Answer the invitation of Isa Al-Masih, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest” (Injil, Matthew 11:28). He will help you and show you what to do.
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