George Saieg, an expert in Islam from a Muslim country, shares with us in this video some of his ideas of why a Christian shouldn’t marry a Muslim. Islam does not allow Muslim women to marry Christian men, so usually the situation that arises is that of a Christian woman tempted to marry a Muslim man. This is allowed in Islam. But the Bible teaches us that Christians should not be united to unbelievers (II Corinthians 6:14).
Saieg also draws our attention to the status of women in Islam as a practical reason that a Christian woman should not act upon temptation to marry a Muslim. Two of the many examples he gives us are the way women are described as a possession in Islam (Qur’an 2:223 & 3:14 and commentaries), and the fact that according to Mohammed most of the people in hell are women (El Bukhari 7:124, 1052). Saieg says English translations of the Qur’an are soft, and that Western women would never marry a Muslim if they could read the Qur’an in Arabic.
As a practical example, Saieg cites the case of his own cousin who married a Muslim man. At first he assured her that she would be able to practice her Christian faith freely; however as time went on he continued to pressure her more and more to become a Muslim. (This is a situation commonly reported by Christian women marrying Muslims to him and Dr. Cynthia.)