Islamic views on interracial dating

The principle in , certainly applies to a marriage: “Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. Thus the only form of interracial marriage the Bible talks and warns about is marriage between a Christian and a non-Christian.

For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? Even the Israelites were told not to marry the pagan Canaanites.

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However, when it comes to a marriage involving two different skin “colors,” there remains in Western culture, as has been true for generations, a basic intolerance of a marriage between so-called white and black—usually called an interracial marriage. From a biblical perspective, all humans are descendants of one man and one woman—Adam and Eve ().

Thus, if the Bible’s history is accurate, biologically, only one race of human beings exists.

However, we read in 1 Samuel 16:7, “But the Lord said to Samuel, ‘Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him.

For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart’” (NKJV).

However, a Canaanite appears in the genealogy of Jesus Christ—Rahab (). Obviously from the Jericho account in Joshua 6, Rahab stopped being a Canaanite spiritually and became an Israelite spiritually when she trusted in the true God.

When she did this, she was free to marry an Israelite because she was then of the same spiritual race, which is what marriage is truly about.

According to all four schools of Sunni law and Shia law, interfaith marriages are condoned only between a Muslim male and a non-Muslim female from the People of the Book (that is, Christians and Jews) and not vice versa.

Islamic marriage rules between Muslim men and non-Muslim women are regulated by Islamic principles.

Certainly a couple from different cultural groups needs godly counsel, as do all couples, to help ensure they understand their roles in marriage and the differences they have that could potentially cause problems.

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