5:5 This Day, all good things of your choice are made lawful for you. The food of those who were given the Scripture is lawful for you and your food is lawful for them. And so are the virtuous, chaste women of the believers and the virtuous, chaste women of those who were given the Scripture before you (provided they do not associate anyone with God 2:221). But you must give them their marriage portions and live with them in honor, not in fornication, nor as secret lovers. (It must be an honest wedlock 4:24.) Anyone who rejects belief, his work is vain and he will be among the losers in the Hereafter.
[This verse, in addition to some others, excludes Muslim women from marrying men among People of the Book. The reason seems obvious. Jews deny the last two Prophets of God, Jesus and Muhammad. Christians deny Muhammad (S). A Muslim woman would have to hear denials against two of her revered Prophets, Jesus and Muhammad, in a Jewish environments, and against Prophet Muhammad in a Christian family]
Shabbir, a life-long student.
I use above reference in these matters, but obviously it is not clarifying people concerned.
There are some questions and explanations required on this topic. Younger generation living outside of their native countries are marrying with Christians and jews in non muslim countries on a very large scale including one of my niece. If some one can data of these figures, it will be a surprise for all. The reasons are various, interaction, immigration, personal, friendship etc. But these are the facts and its not possible to stop, as it is a society evolution. Right or wrong doesn't work, when its a human preference in case of youngsters.
Some of the friends and youngsters ask opinions in these matters and they want clear guidance in this regard. i think its our duty to guide them as per Quranic lines, since its a life matter.
These are the general questions, specially from ladies.
1. Why only men are allowed to marry non-mulsim. Why not women?. Does Quran addresses men only. Who are we. a commodity.?
2. If a women marries a non muslim, is it Halal or haram.?
3. What about children. What will they be.?
4. is it not good that women marry non muslims, so that future society is more integrated and non partisan. There is good chance that more non-muslims will be inclined to study islam, at least.
"""And so are the virtuous, chaste women of the believers and the virtuous, chaste women of those who were given the Scripture before you""""
Does this portion addresses Muslims men only or all.
There may be more questions, which i am not aware. We should keep in mind that today's ladies are very educated, intelligent and rights conscious. Nothing less than acceptable logic will satisfy them.
Mullah's version of declaring haram are available to people, but since they are the product of their short circuit brains, hence new age do not accept them.