Wednesday, 30 June 2010

The Great Omani Wedding Vote

The hugely popular blogger Omani Princess has set up a reader's poll for your views on mixed marriages in Oman.

The great thing about the internet is that it has a wonderful way of exposing draconian rules and regulations - especially around things like this....

5 comments:

Omani Princess (not Omani LOL) said...

Thank you so much JD:). LOL, I know alot of broken hearts on the issue, and a lot of us who got around it with wasta but that just ain't right now is it? That's just propping up a corrupt system of have and have nots. And that is against my Muslim principles. Though not my surviving-in-Oman-ones;p lolXD

Anonymous said...

I personally don't like her opinion that men can marry either from muslims, christians or jews but women can only stick with muslims. It's a bit chauvinistic in my opinion, but then again most religions are.

I believe that marriage is a personal matter and that it's up to the person to decide who is right for them, and not for the state to dictate terms.

Omani Princess (not Omani LOL) said...

As a Muslim woman, Anon. it is not chauvenistic, it is a part of our ideals, but from a non-Islamic perspective I suppose I once saw it that way. But as a Muslim, it would be okay for a Muslim woman to marry a Christian or Jewish man [same as Muslim man] IF Christian and Jewish texts did not state that the man is the head of the household [boss] ect, but they do. so it would invalidate my freedom to practice my religion as a Muslim woman to marry a Christian or a Jewish man who was TRULY following his faith by the letter. There is nothing chauvenistic about Muslim women wanting the freedom and safety to keep their own beliefs really. But I understand where you are coming from. LOL, I wasn't born a Muslim. I thought from a different perspective the first time I visited Oman.

Victoria said...

Princess, that was a really good point. I had assumed the reason for a Muslim woman only being able to marry a Muslim man was that in most cases it is the father who would dictate the religion to be passed to his children.

Omani Princess (not Omani LOL) said...

Victoria: That is really part of it. As a Muslim, would you want your husband to be able to tell you, your son or daughter is going to raised Christian or Jewish? Probably not. Which is why the Fundamental Christian girls I know wouldn't marry a Muslim man. Same way I won't marry a non-Muslim one. Is all about freedom to practice one's religion.

Sure if there is an atheist Omani, let them marry WHOEVER they choose. But since most Omanis are Muslims that religion card does some into play.