BECAUSE THE CHILDREN ARE MORE LIKELY
TO FOLLOW THE FATHERS RELIGION.....
god you people are dense
i agree with Bushra.
both Islam AND Christianity encourage the women to marry men from the same faith. Men are able to marry women of the other.
Far as i understand, it is due to the passing down of religion to the children from the father.
In Judaism, the religion is passed down via the mother, not father. So if the father is Jewish and mother not, Child will not be Jewish by birth.
aslo as i understand a Jewish woman would still have to convert to Islam or Christianity to be sure the Child was a Muslim or Christian respectively should they marry. Same applies to the non monotheistic religions.
Of course, if you dont care, you will marry regardless.
If you are an atheist you may find it difficult to understand, also for many Europeans/USA/Canadians religion is more of a choice than a way of life so typically they find it bizarre.
I just feel it is wrong to quizz the Muslims alone regarding this sensitive topic.