Uganda: What Islam says on marrying from another religion
A bridegroom adjusts the veil of his (Christian) wife during their wedding at Kibuli Mosque.
Marriage or wedlock is a social union between spouses that establish rights and obligations between them and their children.
The definition of marriage varies according to different cultures, but it is principally an institution in which interpersonal relationships, usually intimate and sexual, are acknowledged.
When defined broadly, marriage is considered as culturally universal. In many cultures, marriage is formalised by a traditional marriage or religious wedding.
Sheikh Nsereko Mutumba, the Uganda Muslim Supreme Council public relations officer, says before a Muslim thinks of marrying, he or she has to ensure that the partnerto- be is a Muslim.
“There is no provision for a Muslim man to convert to his fiancee’s religion. It is the woman who must convert to Islam,” he said. Mutumba added that because Muslims do not eat pork or drink alcohol, it is unacceptable for a Muslim to marry a woman from a religion that allows consumption of those items.
The head of the Ahmadiyya Mission in Uganda, Rauf Amir, says Islam teaches Muslims to get married to fellow Muslims.
“We should follow what our religion says. Under Islamic law, a marriage can only be considered Halal (pure) if both spouses are Muslims,” he said.
Sheikh Suleiman Kaketo, who heads the Tabliqs, shares the same view. “If a Muslim man wants to get married to a non-Muslim woman, he must convert her to Islam. It is the only way Allah will accept their marriage,” he explained.
A Moslem man may marry a non-Moslem woman as long as she is from the Ahl-e-Kitab (People of the Book) - Jew or Christian. The children will be Moslem, of course. A Moslem woman cannot marry a non-Moslem man, even if he is from the People of the Book. Lastly, in India there have been fatwas that a Moslem man can marry a Hindu woman as if she was from the People of the Book, because some Islamic scholars have concluded that Allah did reveal part of His Book to Hindus via some ancient prophet(s). Same laws apply.
----------------------------------------Violence and Mainstream Islam
Against the backdrop of 20,651 jihadist attacks since 9/11/2001, and the hundreds of thousands of Muslims in Dhaka, Bengladesh (hat tip Jihad Watch) on the march this past week, demanding the execution of "atheist bloggers" for "blaspheming" Islam, I was re-reading V.S. Naipaul's second brilliant travelogue account of Asian Islamdom, circa 1995, Beyond Belief...
X-posting from Islamism thread:
An example of common support for Hamas types:'Islam not sexist'
Our reader feels that the views expressed in the article “ I’m surrounded by assholes” doesn’t give the right perception of Hamas, which is a new rule that will see the separation of male and female students in Palestinian schools.
Let me explain. I am a Muslim woman. I am educated. I am currently studying a few psychology subjects. One of them is called Career psychology.
It is amazing that many of the theorists point out that "careers are constructed differently but developed the same even though men and women experience different challenges."
This is a section devoted to understanding the challenges a woman has to overcome in her career, to point out that as much as we don't say it, her journey will always be different to a man.
Now, Islam, co-incidentally supports this! We as Muslims are taught that women are different, we are delicate. Why then do we have to endure the experiences of men?
It is clear from western theorists that this is the fundamental problem in society. So why do we critique, without research, actions that are anything but sexist?
Actions that are sensitive to the needs of women!
There are many schools that separate females and males, even in South Africa. Look them up.
Tell me, why no mention of young nuns at convent school? Is that not the same principle that Hamas is practising?
Is it not the same principle that should allow young girls to receive the education specific to them, comfortably?
I must tell you, I would prefer that, I really felt uncomfortable in a mixed school, during biology discussions of the female hormonal system and organs at school.
Whilst I do not approve of Hamas, let us be fair and not misinterpret them unnecessarily.
Though this may be her opinion, it shouldn't be mixed with unsupported facts. News is factual not opinionated.
A significant number of well-educated Moslem women from traditional backgrounds enter the professional workforce with hijabs.