Where do I begin?". To Hubert:Really? Islam places great emphasis placed on attaining good character, good manners and of maintaining good relations with people. Is not being Jewish some kind of dealbreaker for him? Or if you decided against it, why and how did that turn out?The discussion is not strictly limited to Judaism. So this is what I've been putting Adam through. This is complete BULL SHIT!First catherine b. and chum l. have the same avatar and now Amy R. as well?!?!? Islam teaches that ultimately our salvation rests in God's hands. Dear Sister, Walaykumsalaam, Reading your post makes me feel very sad. Is he asking (meaning you can say no and life goes on and you get married) or expecting you to do it? Your record is now clean and you should try to keep your record clean as much as possible. YOU CAN CHOOSE FROM PHANTOM FEARS AND KINDNESS THAT CAN KILL. Not so sad because your boyfriend won't accepto Islam. I had a few Jewish roommates before. I know women who did this, but each situation has its own unique dynamics, so you can't compare to them. Me and my boyfriend broke up. To my surprise, I soon saw I would never have to present him anything. Be active, be sincere, be consistent, even incessant in your prayers to God. I made them out of clay.... Look, I don't know - I'm agnostic too.But... seems to me that a thorough investigation into Judaism might be a good thing.AT LEAST figure out what those motions mean when converting.And also be sure to figure out if they'll be family pressure to raise your kids in a stricter adherence to the Religion.Jewish teachings are amongst the oldest and in fact are very well endowed with knowledge and writings, but of course you know that much already.So, if you try it and like it - go ahead.If the whole thing makes you feel like Rosemary - maybe it just isn't right after all. I am not an atheist. I’ve had some of my best nights out with him and his friends (some of them also don’t drink) because they’re just quite naturally party people. And there are rabbis that will do interfaith weddings.In the meantime, is this a deal-breaker for your boyfriend? Nope, no Christmas. I wish you the best and hope you figure out what it is you want to do! I WILL CHOOSE ANOTHER PATH.I WILL CHOOSE FREE WILL. My friend Adam will tell you what he, and many, experience while studying different faiths. If you really want to marry him I agree that an inter-faith ceremony. Now that it's been 16 years and 2 kids later, it's still a non-issue. Judaism is a cool and interesting religion. Have any of you just went ahead and converted for your partner and why? Changing religion for a partner, she discovered, is not as easy as she'd first thought. What does that mean? I did do Ramadan with him which was really hard but gave me a better insight into the religion. racial purity???? This is not a big deal in the Reform movement. It's okay, breathe, and don't get frustrated. But it is quite a commitment, and I don't see why anyone would demand that as a condition for marriage. I do that every day going to work, so why not.Personally, I'd be offended if someone not of my faith pretended to be just to get benefits. Day by day I hated not being able to learn about Islam at home. We did both this year and last year. And I am totally a shikzah Sara haha. It might have been easier if I had, but it worked out well. We got married because we were so much in love and couldn't imagine life without the other. Sara F. says:why is it that shikzah's love the jewboys and jewish girls could give a rats ass about jewboys?----------------------I have this theory, in my case at least, that it's Darwinism at its best (to prevent inbreeding). I am liking what Tom is suggesting. Devout Muslim and Physics Nobel Laureate Dr. Abdus Salam -- who won for predicting the God particle -- attributed his passion for science to the Qur'ans incessant advocacy to question everything. If by some chance my boyfriend decided he fell in love with Islam and truly wanted to convert, I would welcome him in and be there every step of the way… but I would do the same if he decided he wanted to become Buddhist, Christian, or a member of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster. Good luck, Donna. if you were to become a muslim what would be you role at a muslim women or as a muslim wife. While this is certainly not a "prerequisite" to accepting Islam, it will empower you with priceless practical and spiritual knowledge of Islam, and that is never a bad thing. I also have some questions for a rabbi. Lucky for me, the answer is simply no. I can tell you from personal (biased) experience that it is the only religion I could consider participating in actively. This took my friend well over a year and she became more Jewish than I have ever been. Reform does not always follow Jewish law... Good luck, Donna. At the same time, one should recognize that people can be a means of doing just that. I was able to find a jewish officiant to marry us, and we had a jewish wedding....some highlights included breaking the glass, and hava negila with us being carried on chairs. I joined a temple recently so she could be Bat Mitzvah'ed. If you are Chinese-American you have your own history and background that is at least as rich. To know Prophet Muhammad is to know Islam. Note that it's a lot harder to be "passable" when hiding your lady bits. Depends on his mindset. When a person is convinced that Islam is the true religion of God they should not delay their conversion. you're asian ...... he's jewish ......your kids are going to be successful doctors ! let's be lesbians! My mom didn't convert, I didn't either. Reet, unfortunately, not all Muslims are a good representation of what Islam is and from what you say, your boyfriend has some traits that are extremely disliked in Islam. I believe the religion is matrilineal so you would have to convert if you wanted your children to be Jewish. My boyfriend wants to convert to Islam, should I stay or leave? Whoopsie.youtube.com/watch?v=MYzG…. You're already on a journey to learn more about God. Do you really care? Personally, I'm probably gonna end up marrying a non Jew and then let my kids decide once they are older. Every Muslim has their duty towards God and their duty towards humanity. But we haven't really gotten as far as what we would do if I said no, I think I will bounce that off him later tonight. Is that a law or something? I have received a promise ring and once all the stuff with the family gets smoothed out, we plan to get engaged. He wanted Jewish children. Unlike Christianity, you cannot just "declare" yourself Jewish. wendella a. says:Who is Getty Lee? You will only find yourself distancing yourself from it. Shabbat shalom Amanda.....Have a good one. Oy Vey! In this tough economy, you better believe giving charity is a test of faith too. “Islam for Dummies” was open on his screen. You didn't say if not being Jewish is a dealbreaker for him. My advice is simple:  Don't convert, you will regret it. I personally would never convert just for him or his parents. Does he?So much of this sounds like it comes down to the parents, as you have highlighted they would all like for you two to marry "your own kind " so to speak but I think that you should follow your heart and set an example for the children you will one day have to do the same. I had a really serious boyfriend for whom I considered converting to Judaism. I am very open to the possibilities and will explore this one thoroughly.Thanks everyone! It would surely make things easier with his family and all that, but it's not a deal breaker. One should convert to Islam for God and God alone. Lol. We are getting married in the church so I had to got o the Catholic Wedding Preparation Course which after I took the class we are eligible to be married in the church. Islam teaches that religion is God's Word and science is God's Works. It's your life and your decision.If he knew he'd want Jewish babies so bad to please his parents then he should've dated Jewish girls only. His personal experience was affording him the benefit of practical study -- not just theory from some hypothetical scenario. Tell him that you are willing to allow the children to be raised with jewish cultural values but you aren't going to convert. Tell them about Islamic duties and rules. Reform synagogues have more and more interfaith families. There are fewer and fewer people in the world who are 100% Jewish. If you are sort of neutral on religion, you should try Islam and give it your best shot before you commit to him. If you want images of Jews in their native habitat, you must rent Fiddler on the Roof, which beyond just entertainment and some great Broadway show tunes deals with all these issues in a pretty deep way. You must go to the mikvah (the ritual bath), you must have a sponsor of sorts. You do not have the same personal or family history. Best wishes. One other option you have is introducing the kids to Jewish values, but not assigning them to any specific religion. Would he have married her had she not agreed to convert-probably not. You can't really change who you are, not like that.As I said, all that is evaporating. just don't try and date a Muslim as a Jews. To Marie K.:Well, like I said we aren't in any rush. Historically I've been more attracted to non-Jewish guys (usually the Jewish guys felt too much like family, though not in every case). I smiled. Some really are easier to work with than others. Traditionally speaking in Judaism conversions are actually discouraged. We celebrate both Hanukkah and Christmas. Remove one and you end up in circles without accomplishing much. For me, I had to sign a contract with the Catholic Church stating that we will raise our kids catholic (which I don't have a problem with how ever I do not agree with all the catholic teachings). For this reason, Islam is the … It's not about you and him, but the environment in which you will seek to maintain your relationship. I also read that you are only 20 and have been together for 1 year....do you guys live together now? As Muslims we are advised to recite this book daily. 2x.We are all from the same tribe (actually, there were originally 12, now its all the same. I accept this for my fiance and signed it. And I hope no one thinks that I would then have to disregard my ethnicity and culture. I mean, if they really don't care, sure, just go ahead and ape the words and put on funny hats or whatever makes them feel that you're "one of them." Is this person's actual, spiritual faith going to be altered in some way just because he or she goes through some instruction and ritual? My mom was Catholic, my dad Jewish. What it’s like to convert to Islam for the man you love. Second, we are the world's single largest Muslim community united under one Imam, His Holiness the Khalifa of Islam Mirza Masroor Ahmad. John, don't start quoting getty lee...i may have to send you a friend request. The law is,  mom must be Jewish for the kids to be Jewish..that's the law. I do all the other big holidays though. I can say that I have definitely enjoyed the traditions and the foods quite a bit! Without getting into tons of detail, the best thing I can say is this is YOUR life. Getty Lee is the Bassist/Vocalist for the band Rush. Talk to your fiance, see how important it is to him, because conversion is a long process. Stay aware of your surroundings people. Do you have to convert to get married? We had an agreement that we would never let each others family influence our decisions when it comes to raising our kids and have stuck to it all these years.
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