Marriages within the Muslim community are incredibly important.
The purpose of marriage in Islamic culture is to preserve the religion through the creation of a family.
Islamic institutions like the ISNA (Islamic Society of North America), NOI (Nation of Islam), ICNA (Islamic Circle of North America), and MANA (Muslim Alliance of North America), allow individuals to meet others at annual conventions.
The imam is a valued source among these Muslim communities as well.
There are 49 Muslim majority countries and each contains many regional and cultural differences.
Additionally, many Muslims living in the West then mix family traditions with their host countries.
The principal schools of Islamic jurisprudence abide to Shari'a regulations that specifically state "a Muslim man may marry a Christian or Jewish woman but no other unbeliever; a Muslim woman may not marry a non-Muslim under any circumstances." The specific passages of Islamic text that address the issue of interfaith marriage are in Quran 5:5, as well as in Quran . A guardian who is allowed to force the bride into marriage is called wali mujbir.
Since traditional Muslim societies are generally religiously heterogeneous, it is much easier for individuals to find socially acceptable partners through traditional methods.
According to the teachings of the Quran, a married Muslim couple is equated with clothing.
Within this context, both husband and wife are each other’s protector and comforter, just as real garments “show and conceal” the body of human beings. The Quran continues to discuss the matter of marriage and states, "And among His Signs is this, that he created for you mates from among yourselves, that you may dwell in tranquility with them, and He has put love and mercy between your [hearts]…".
For any individual who values religious piety in a partner and does not have a Muslim social network, the imam is a valuable source of guidance.