What happens when you fall in love across the religious divide? | Life and style | The Guardian
When we – a Muslim and a Christian – fell in love, we didn't think much about the differences in our religions. (People falling in love usually. Many imagine a Christian-Muslim marriage to be like in the Mahmoudy-book "Not Without My Daughter". But things can be quite different: Alexandra and her. It goes without saying that the marriage of a Muslim woman to a allowed to get married to a non Muslim woman, mainly a Christian or a Jew.
Or does it imply the act of believing in its broad meaning, believing in One God and a monotheistic Revelation, which includes obviously believers of other monotheistic religions? Obviously, the said verse is open to interpretation. Yet, none of the different Islamic exegeses allude to this.
Besides, all of the classical interpretations focused on the first part of the verse which is addressed to Muslim men. Most of the classical and contemporary exegetes carried out an in-depth analysis of the first part of this verse addressed to Muslim men, while they gave less importance to the second part that concerns Muslim women on the same issue.
Christian or Jewish women who are considered by the majority of the same commentators as believers. Most of the exegetes defend their opinion by referring to another verse that legitimates the first verse and proves that Muslim men are allowed to marry Christian or Jewish women who are not included in the concept of disbelief or Kufr  as stated by other scholars. He added that the concept of polytheist is not clearly defined though he agrees with other scholars in giving authorization to Muslim men to marry Christian and Jewish women .
For the second part of the said verse that seems to be addressed to both Muslim men and women and to grant both of them the same authorization, we can affirm that Muslim scholars and jurists unanimously agree on the fact that marriage of a Muslim woman to a non-Muslim man, whether he is polytheist, Christian or Jew, is strongly prohibited.
Ibn Achour assumed the inexistence of a religious text that allows or forbids the marriage of Muslim women to Christian or Jewish men. Yet, other commentators tried to justify this prohibition by providing another verse that assumes the following: Allah is best aware of their faith. They are not lawful for them the disbelieversnor are they the disbelievers lawful for them. The revelation context and the general meaning of this verse are not, however, associated with the case of marriage to non-Muslims.
We imagine someone who gets us, who shares the same truth or God or gods that we do, or, perhaps, who has uttered the same denials as us, or who remains as steadfastly unsure about the meaning of it all as we ourselves are. The assumption here is that sharing the same religion is a shortcut to deeper unity. But praying the same words in the same order, or reading the same sacred book through and through again, or singing the same songs are not necessarily a gateway to a meaningful connection.
Each journey of faith is unique and personal. 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.
- What happens when you fall in love across the religious divide?
Some relationships are interfaith, but all relationships are inter-belief. 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: Since my childhood I have been exposed to Christianity through neighbours and good friends. That's why I can easily accept it.
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It's good that Alexandra, as I, can accept all religions, especially Islam. And things like Christmas trees and Easter are nice traditions for me.
I never wanted to marry an everyday atheist. A devoted, but at the same time accepting Muslim is much more preferable to me.
We can pray at the same time. A friend said to me, "Now you have twice as many religious holidays! There have been times that I have taken part and fasted during Ramadan or at least didn't eat in Khaled's presence. In the evenings we had a great time cooking together. Will your children be Christian or Muslim?
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We don't have any yet. But that is definitely our biggest problem. We both agree we don't want to tear them apart. We decided that we will bring them up in both religions without polarizing them.
When they are older they can decide for themselves.