I don’t know where you from but can you write a post about interracial marriages in the Arab/Muslim world? I’m originally Iraqi and My parents are pretty open minded, but sometimes I wonder if my parents would ever allow me marrying someone who’s not arab at all. I just feel like it’s ok for Arab men to marry outside the Arab world but not ok for Arab females. I just want to know your perspective on this issue?
You asked for my perspective. So here is my perspective:
Interracial marriages in Islam.. It’s such a simple concept for us who’s been raised in the western society. Our parents in the other hand see this as the end of the world, unfortunately. They grew up in different circumstances, in a different kind of society and in different cultures. I’m not saying that only because you live in the west it means you should forget about your culture, but it’s that culture has no Islamic basis. Is the culture you preached about during your lifetime going to save you in your grave? I wish our parents could understand this.
This is all about culture, it has zero to do with Islam. The same thing goes to the fact that it’s more ok for men to marry a non-Arab than females..This is all based on culture and what people is going to say.
This also has a lot to do with what kind of person you are. I know a lot of people who’d never consider themselves getting married to someone outside their tribe because they think they’ll face a lot of “culture clashes”. And here we go! Back to the world of cultures again.
It’s about how open minded you are. You can’t for one second think that you can marry someone from another tribe if you are close minded. Because your brain has been filtered with so many veils that prevents you from thinking pure thoughts. Pure as in raw. But even then, this is not enough. In Islam you have to respect and obey your parents until they tell you to do something that goes against Islam. If your parents are unhappy with you, the Allah (swt) is also unhappy with you.
I, myself, am pro interracial marriages. If you are curious to know whether your parents would accept it or not; ask. You’ve got nothing to lose, only a lot to win. Because it means you won’t have to waste your time on someone you know your parents would never accept.