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|Who Are the People of the
Q. Could you please explain which non-Muslims a Muslim may marry.
It is my understanding that this applies to Christians and Jews, as
they are the ones referred to in the Qur’an as ‘People of the
Book’, but someone has told me that this expression means anyone
who believes in God.
A. It is clear in the Qur’an that the expression ‘People of
the Book’, which I prefer to translate as ‘People of earlier
revelations’, refers to Christians and Jews, as they are the
remaining followers of earlier divine messages. Other messages, like
those of Abraham, Noah, Joseph, etc. have disappeared and
practically have no followers. To try to expand the term to others
who believe in God is wrong, because it relies on no sound basis.
Besides, belief in God should rely on a true conception of Him.
Without a divine message, such belief could be erroneous. Who would
define which is a true believer in God and who is not? Hence, the
only right thing is to say that a Muslim man may marry a Muslim
woman or a woman who follows either Christianity or Judaism. On the
other hand, a Muslim woman may only marry a Muslim man.
|Earth, a planet
hungry for peace
apartheid (security) wall around Palestinian population centers
(Ran Cohen, pmc, 5/24/03).
apartheid (security) wall around Palestinian population centers in
the West Bank (Ran Cohen, pmc, 5/24/03).