I, a muslim, am considering marriage to a bahai (religious view is they have come AFTER islam with a new religion). I have been told by all islamic scholars and imams that this marriage is not permitted by islam. and this would be a grave sin. And that i am endangering my afterlife (ie going to hell) if i were to marry this person.
What concerns me more, though is the potential difficulties of having children with this lady in the future in an interfaith marriage where both parents are somewhat practising. Rasing them exclusively as muslim would not be fair on her (since her faith means alot to her and she would be mother of the kids) even though i believe it to be a true path. thats not to say that i think she is going to hell and we have had some conversations around upbringing of kids.
I guess i am looking for any input from people in a mixed faith background and whether these marriages do work - there are sooo many difficulties and our relationship is perfect (as perfect can be- we have know each other for many years) aside from when i consider opening up my children to being raised in 2 faiths. I of course would bring them up muslim, but my partner would also want to instill in them bahai practice - thus my questions really are as follows:
1- what is the islamic view on rearing children in an inter faith marriage where the partner is a post-islamic religion???
2- are there people out there that have inter faith marriages? and how if rasing children in both have you managed it??
3- are u not concerned that ure acutally influencing by agreeing to let ure child grow up practising 2 faiths that they may acutally reject ure faith and choose another / no faith? how do u PRACTICALLY raise a child in both? is it even possible???
any input will be much appreciated.