“Women must not marry non-Muslim European men, says imam,” from AKI, June 25:
Rabat, 25 June (AKI) – An imam in Morocco’s eastern city of Fez has said that marriages between Moroccan women and European men who are not Muslims are forbidden under Islam.
What a shock!
Each summer in Morocco, a growing number of local women are reportedly marrying young European men.
“This kind of marriage, between Moroccan women and European men, is forbidden by the Koran (the Muslim holy book) and the Sunna (the way or deeds of the Prophet Mohammed),” Sheikh Mohammed al-Tawil said in a TV interview.
“A Muslim woman may not marry an unbeliever while a Muslim man may marry Christian and Jewish women,” he told Arabic satellite TV network al-Arabiya.
Since the man is in charge””of the household, children, but especially the woman””the wife’s religious identity (much like the rest of her identity), is a moot point anyway. Hence, Islam’s “tolerance” of the woman’s faith.
Moroccan women may however marry European men who convert to Islam shortly before the wedding, according to al-Tawil.
“Islam only required two witnesses for someone to be able to convert and such a marriage is valid,” he said.
Easy enough for no doubt many a godless but “romantic” European man: get two Muslims, utter, “La illah ila Allah” and wham: onto the honey-moon (or honey-hilal).
“If a European then decides to abandon Islam, Mohammed’s words apply to him: those who renounce their own religion must be killed, as they are an apostate.”
Sounds much more poetic in Arabic: men irtad min deenu””fa-iqtallhu!
Each summer in Morocco, a growing number of local women are marrying young European men. Al-Tawil’s position however contravenes the 2005 reforms of Moroccan family law (known as the Mudawana).
These reforms gave women greater freedom to choose their husbands and made it easier for a foreigner to marry a Moroccan woman.
Notice how these last two paragraphs suggest that the Mudawana allowed for Muslim women to marry “young European men” and that it gives them “greater freedom to choose their husbands,” but nowhere in this article does it clearly state that the Mudawana allowed Muslim women to marry non-Muslim men. Odd that.