Ever wonder if anyone has ever answered the call of a preacher asking if “anyone objects to this union” at a marriage? The Grand Mufti of Dubai is that guy. The Grand Mufti Dr Ahmad al-Haddad, the emirate’s most senior Islamic scholar has called for a ban on Dubai citizens marrying non-Muslims to protect the Islamic faith.
Locals are increasingly marrying outsiders because the dowry for local brides has risen to more than $500,000. Such marriages have risen more than 10 percent for the Grand Mufti has acted to “put asunder” what love or convenience has joined.
The Grand Mufti insists that marriages should be limited to Muslim Arabs. In the ultimate example of religious tyranny, the Mufti explained why he can dictate the spouses — or at least who cannot be a spouse — for locals: ”In Islam, choosing your life partner is a personal freedom. But personal freedoms can be restricted for the benefit of the public interest.”
If you are getting married, you might not want to invite the Grand Mufti to the ceremony.