Catholics dating muslims
It should not be taken lightly, nor left to chance or hormones.
It should be taken as seriously as any other major decision in life--with prayer, careful investigation and family involvement.
Speaking at a recent inter-faith conference in Blackburn, Mrs Al-Yousuf told the audience: "There is a real duty to exhibit the best of our faiths, a tremendous amount of wisdom and discernment in dealing with people who are struggling, perhaps, with the issue of our times, which is this encounter between faiths." Imam Sahib of Bastwell Mosque in Blackburn, Lancashire, believes his role is to advise as best he can.
"It is not my place, to tell a Muslim woman, no you can not marry, obviously she knows in her heart as a Muslim woman it is forbidden in Islam for her to marry a Christian man," he says.
The conditions for a non-Muslim woman to marry a Muslim man are that she should be of the People of the Book (Jewish or Christian) and that she should be chaste.
When Heather Al-Yousuf, first met her husband of 28 years, they both felt a strong connection to their own faiths.
That is why these marriages often prove very successful in the long-term.
Family involvement in the choice of a marriage partner helps assure that the choice is based not on romantic notions, but rather on a careful, objective evaluation of the compatibility of the couple.But their love was not straightforward as Heather is Anglican and her husband is Shia Muslim.However, Mrs Al-Yousuf thinks this is why so many inter-faith couples are drawn together. But as couples from different faiths fall in love, what are the challenges they face?The PC was slower, had less memory and less storage than a minicomputer.But it was massively more affordable and could be set up and run without the help of the centralized IT department ...