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IS ISLAMIC MARRIAGE LIKE CHRISTIAN MARRIAGE?

Art. #22:  IS ISLAMIC MARRIAGE LIKE CHRISTIAN MARRIAGE?  A Muslim marriage is not a “sacrament”, but a simple, legal agreement in which either partner is free to include conditions.  Marriage customs thus vary widely from country to country.  As a result, divorce is not common, although it is not forbidden as a last resort.  According to Islam, no Muslim girl can be forced to marry against her will; her parents will simply suggest young men they think may be suitable.

REBUTTAL:  Agreed, a Muslim marriage is certainly not a sacrament!  It is a simple legal agreement, but the husband is the one with the power under Muslim law.  A divorce or annulment instigated by a wife is practically impossible to pursue, if opposed by a husband.  However, a husband can divorce a wife by simply saying, “I divorce you!” three times in succession.  Discussion is presently ongoing in the Muslim world as to whether this can be accomplished by telephone!  As to Muslim girls being forced to marry against their will, since arranged marriages are the tradition, few Muslim girls would dare oppose any choice of husband proposed by parents.  Please consult "Women Under Islam" in the Archives.