Imam Taj Hargey of the Muslim Educational Centre of Oxford is an exception.He has conducted marriage services for Muslim women without their Christian or Jewish partners converting.Being raised in a country that promotes tolerance and acceptance of others, they do not see themselves any ‘different’ to their non-Muslim compatriots.Increasing numbers are rejecting some of the cultural norms on offer, such as arranged marriages and family introductions.Allah Almighty says:“And the Jews will not be pleased with thee, nor will the Christians, till thou follow their creed. As a result, he might force her to change her religion, and if she refuses, the situation may culminate in divorce.As for why Islam allows a Muslim man to marry a Christian or Jewish woman, it’s clear that every Muslim believes in Moses and Jesus (peace be upon them) and he holds all the Prophets of Allah in high esteem.
Radically, challenging their boundaries has meant that growing numbers are choosing to marry out their faith.
Most Muslims find this notion unacceptable, claiming it is tantamount to living in sin."Almighty God would have revealed explicit directives if Muslim women were not allowed to marry outside the faith," he says.
"As Muslim men are entitled to marry women from the People of the Book who are not Muslim [Surah al-Maidah 5:5], the same right must be afforded to Muslim women as Islam is a gender-equal religion."In a new initiative by the interfaith organisation Christian Muslim Forum, senior Muslim imams and Christian ministers have recognised the rise in such marriages.
Thus, while a Muslim man is permitted to marry a Christian or Jewish woman, a Muslim woman is not allowed to marry a Christian or Jewish man. First, the man is the head of the household, the one who maintains the family, and he is responsible for his wife.
And while Islam guarantees freedom of belief and practice to the Christian or Jewish wife of a Muslim, safeguarding her rights according to her own faith, other religions, such as Judaism and Christianity, do not guarantee the wife of a different faith freedom of belief and practice, nor do they safeguard her rights.