Dating a non muslim man
Question and answer from Islam Online.net: Name of Questioner: Zenab Dear Sheikhs, As-Salamu `alaykum. Date: 28/Sep/2003 Name of Muftis: Yusuf Al-Qaradawi and Muhammad `Ali Al-Hanooti Wa `alaykum As-Salamu wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh.
I would like to know why a woman is not allowed to marry a non-Muslim man while a Muslim man can marry a Jewish or Christian lady? In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.
Now, the Muslim believes that both Judaism and Christianity originated in divine revelation, although later distortions were introduced into them.
A Muslim woman will not feel that her religion is secure while being with a Jewish or a Christian husband especially as the majority of the People of the Book do not show due respect to our Prophet, Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him). And if thou shouldst follow their desires after the knowledge which hath come unto thee, then wouldst thou have from Allah no protecting friend nor helper.” (Al-Baqarah: 120) Given the fact that the husband is generally the head of the household, it's not far-fetched for a non-Muslim husband to prevent his Muslim wife from performing some Islamic rituals which may seem a nuisance to him, for example fasting, or even refraining from marital relations during the fast.
First of all, it is to be stressed that Islam does not encourage the interfaith marriages.