Morroccan imam tells muslim women they must NOT marry European men

by Kal El on June 25, 2008 · 4 comments

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Morocco: Women must not marry non-Muslim European men, says imam

Rabat, 25 June (AKI) – An imam in Morocco’s eastern city of Fez has said that marriages between Moroccan women and European men who are not Muslims are forbidden under Islam.

Each summer in Morocco, a growing number of local women are reportedly marrying young European men.

“This kind of marriage, between Moroccan women and European men, is forbidden by the Koran (the Muslim holy book) and the Sunna (the way or deeds of the Prophet Mohammed),” Sheikh Mohammed al-Tawil said in a TV interview.

“A Muslim woman may not marry an unbeliever while a Muslim man may marry Christian and Jewish women,” he told Arabic satellite TV network al-Arabiya.

Moroccan women may however marry European men who convert to Islam shortly before the wedding, according to al-Tawil.

“Islam only required two witnesses for someone to be able to convert and such a marriage is valid,” he said.

“If a European then decides to abandon Islam, Mohammed’s words apply to him: those who renounce their own religion must be killed, as they are an apostate.”

Each summer in Morocco, a growing number of local women are marrying young European men. Al-Tawil’s position however contravenes the 2005 reforms of Moroccan family law (known as the Mudawana).

These reforms gave women greater freedom to choose their husbands and made it easier for a foreigner to marry a Moroccan woman.

Almost 6,000 such marriages were registered in Morocco in 2007, almost all of them in the summer – an almost six-fold increase over the previous decade.

A total 4,320 Moroccan men married foreign women last year.

Hopefully those Europeans marrying the Morroccan girls (and the few I have met were beautiful to behold) aren’t stupid enough to convert to islam. I remember reading somewhere that the majority people who convert to islam are criminals (notice how many inmates convert), have become infatuated with a muslimah, or are duped into thinking islam has anything to do with peace.

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  • solkhar

    The imam was also then ridiculed in the Moroccan press, he was frankly ignored and is probably not on the King's invite list anymore.

    Morocco is losing its tolerance to radicals, extremists and ultra-conservatives quickly enough. Wahhabists are outlawed, their salafist cousins are a small but dangerous minority that is being watched like a hawk and if not Moroccan in origin, forced to leave.

    The burqa is not-common and those that wear it are mostly considered with suspicion or simpathy for the horrible life they live. Though there is still a huge gap between conservative rural and small town compared to the big city, the real gulf is the subject of poverty and iliteracy. The big cities of Casablanca, Rabat, Marrakech and Tanger are basically cities similar to those of southern Europe. The difference, being that people's choices of lifestyles are accepted as long as they do not cross an invisible morality line that is frankly a line that is similarly followed in Spain, Italy and Greece only with slight differences.

    Back on this topic, Morocco has always been a crossing-point of Europe, Africa and the Middle-East and its ethnicity is that of Arab, Andalous, African and indigenous Berber and Saharaoui. The city of Salé that lies next to Rabat is the old pirate city of the Sallee Rovers or Corsairs, the population has Irish, English, Scandinavian and most other European and African blood. Tanger to the north and the Mediteranian coast has Spanish and Portuguese blood. Moroccans will always mix and marry foreigners, but Islam will always be the faith of the land.

    • hellosnackbar

      Let's hope that Islam's demise starts in Morroco ;and continues until the world is free of its baleful influence.
      Come on you Muslim fools through Islam on the bonfire of progress and look deeper into the meaning of life.
      Grasp the nettle and tell Moped and imaginary Allah to just piss off out of your life.

  • solkhar

    The imam was also then ridiculed in the Moroccan press, he was frankly ignored and is probably not on the King's invite list anymore.

    Morocco is losing its tolerance to radicals, extremists and ultra-conservatives quickly enough. Wahhabists are outlawed, their salafist cousins are a small but dangerous minority that is being watched like a hawk and if not Moroccan in origin, forced to leave.

    The burqa is not-common and those that wear it are mostly considered with suspicion or simpathy for the horrible life they live. Though there is still a huge gap between conservative rural and small town compared to the big city, the real gulf is the subject of poverty and iliteracy. The big cities of Casablanca, Rabat, Marrakech and Tanger are basically cities similar to those of southern Europe. The difference, being that people's choices of lifestyles are accepted as long as they do not cross an invisible morality line that is frankly a line that is similarly followed in Spain, Italy and Greece only with slight differences.

    Back on this topic, Morocco has always been a crossing-point of Europe, Africa and the Middle-East and its ethnicity is that of Arab, Andalous, African and indigenous Berber and Saharaoui. The city of Salé that lies next to Rabat is the old pirate city of the Sallee Rovers or Corsairs, the population has Irish, English, Scandinavian and most other European and African blood. Tanger to the north and the Mediteranian coast has Spanish and Portuguese blood. Moroccans will always mix and marry foreigners, but Islam will always be the faith of the land.

  • hellosnackbar

    Let's hope that Islam's demise starts in Morroco ;and continues until the world is free of its baleful influence.
    Come on you Muslim fools through Islam on the bonfire of progress and look deeper into the meaning of life.
    Grasp the nettle and tell Moped and imaginary Allah to just piss off out of your life.