Muslim Interfaith Marriages

Muslim Interfaith Marriages Interfaith weddings with customized sermons to reflect the religious, social or pluralistic sentiments of the couple. It is about respecting the othernes
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ABOUT INTERFAITH MARRIAGES It is disappointing to many a couples, that their clergy or a parent insists that the other person convert to their faith tradition, some do, and some fake it and some are not comfortable with the idea. The couple is deeply committed to marry, they go ahead and get married any way without the ceremony, but sorely miss out on the integral part of their ceremony, sometimes leaving a sense of inexplicable incompleteness in their lives. Marriage is between two individuals, and their families and friends are supporters and cheerleaders to celebrate and complete their joy. Mike Ghouse is committed to perform interfaith weddings to complete the joy of wedding ceremony for these couples. He is a member of the American Marriage Ministries, The Ministry is a non-profit organization established in Washington State in 2009 to provide people the ability to celebrated marriages according to their own terms. As a Pluralist, Mike officiates the weddings of such couples, and optionally delivers a sermon to reflect the essence of humanity in respecting the otherness of other, and accepting each other's uniqueness. If the couple prefers to fulfil the religiosity of the parents, relatives and friends, the sermon would be tailored to include reflections and essence of the faith of the couple. Even though the couple may not be religious, they would still prefer to have a semblance of it in the most important moment of their life. Mike is Founder and President of Foundation for Pluralism – www.foundationforpluralism.com and teaches essence of every faith, and he is a member of the American Marriage Ministries, a non-profit established in Washington State in 2009. "We provide all people the ability to celebrate marriage and other religious functions according to their beliefs. We believe that this is an innate human right and is also protected by the 1st Amendment. Our values come from the understanding that all people, whether religious or not, have deep personal values and should be treated with respect, acceptance, and understanding." Marriage is a celebration that brings people together, and we want to extend that ethos further by being a church comprised of a wide cross-section of people that have found common ground in the service of bringing people together. To begin, the legal dimension to officiating a wedding simply involves completing a piece of paper, the marriage license. The marriage license is the legal document of marriage. It is filed for by the couple from their local government prior to the wedding. The role of the minister is to conduct the wedding, have the couple present their marriage license, make sure that the information is correct, and complete the license. The couple then returns the completed license back to its office of issuance. Personally, Mike is committed to building a Cohesive America and offers pluralistic solutions on issues of the day. He is a professional speaker, thinker and a writer on pluralism, interfaith, politics and civic affairs. Mike is a frequent guest on Sean Hannity show on Fox TV, and a commentator on national radio networks, he contributes weekly to the Texas Faith Column at Dallas Morning News and regularly at Huffington post, and several periodicals across the world. The blog www.TheGhousediary.com is updated daily. Two books are poised to be released this year on Pluralism in America, and Americans Together building a cohesive America. Details at www.MikeGhouse.net

Mission: Our mission is to make marriage a joyous occasion for the couples. Our values come from the understanding that all people, whether religious or not, have deep personal values and should be treated with respect, acceptance, and understanding.

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INTERFAITH MARRIAGES ARE INCREASING IN NUMBERSMy busiest weekend - this year! Officiated two weddings, 0rgqnized two zoo...
12/24/2020

INTERFAITH MARRIAGES ARE INCREASING IN NUMBERS

My busiest weekend - this year! Officiated two weddings, 0rgqnized two zoom meetings, and attended two. I’m done for today.

40% of Weddings in the United States are Interfaith. It is God who puts love between two people, and it is God who will be happy to see harmony created amongst his creation.

Dr. Mike Ghouse
Interfaith Wedding Officiant
www.InterfaithMarriages.org

MUSLIM INTERFAITH MARRIAGE OFFICIANT “Can a Muslim Woman Marry a Non-Muslim ?“ please read a well researched article at ...
12/07/2020

MUSLIM INTERFAITH MARRIAGE OFFICIANT

“Can a Muslim Woman Marry a Non-Muslim ?“ please read a well researched article at www.InterfaithMarriages.org

MUSLIM INTERFAITH MARRIAGES Yes, a Muslim woman can marry a non-Muslim, please read the well researched article “Can a M...
12/07/2020

MUSLIM INTERFAITH MARRIAGES
Yes, a Muslim woman can marry a non-Muslim, please read the well researched article “Can a Muslim Woman Marry a non-Muslim?” at Www.InterfaithMarriages.org

BUSTING MYTHS ABOUT QURAN VERSESSaturday, Dec 12, 2020 – 12:00 to 1:30 PM – ESTBoth Muslims and Non-Muslims have questio...
12/02/2020

BUSTING MYTHS ABOUT QURAN VERSES
Saturday, Dec 12, 2020 – 12:00 to 1:30 PM – EST

Both Muslims and Non-Muslims have questions about some of the verses from the Quran, and if you have a verse that troubles you, let’s clarify it.

Speakers: Dr. Safi Kaskas and Dr. Mike Ghouse
Zoom: Meeting ID 873 0744 4956 | Passcode 187411
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87307444956?pwd=NzBxdWhWdFhKcFFESE1QYWxmTWxIZz09

A few of the 30 difficult verses and speaker bios are listed at
https://centerforpluralism.com/busting-myths-about-the-quran-verses/

BUSTING MYTHS ABOUT HINDUS AND MUSLIMS Saturday, Nov 28, 2020 | 12:00 PM – 1:30 ESTIndian Time 10:30 PM Saturday Night Z...
11/27/2020

BUSTING MYTHS ABOUT HINDUS AND MUSLIMS
Saturday, Nov 28, 2020 | 12:00 PM – 1:30 EST
Indian Time 10:30 PM Saturday Night

ZOOM – MEETING ID 822 3905 1769 | PASSCODE 873376
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82239051769?pwd=SmdjdnNEdUllMS82aEVQTENDSTJLdz09

Our Guest Panelists: Dr. Ram Punyani, Dr. Pandit Sharma, Dr. Nyla Ali Khan, and Dr. Shamsul Islam. Dr. Mike Ghouse will moderate the event and Pinki Pathak will MC the program. Please note, each one of the speakers has a massive resume, but we have cut it down to 100-150 words for the sake of time.

Details about what are the myths, speaker bios and program information is at- https://centerforpluralism.com/myths-about-muslims-and-hindus/

The myths and stereotypes about Muslims and Hindus have persisted because very few have done anything to correct them. If you are tense about the Hindus or Muslims, it is because you hold negative ideas about them without any basis. Your parents, teachers, or friends may have poisoned you about the others, it is in your selfish interest to free yourselves and enjoy your life.

Our goal at the Center for Pluralism is to bust the myths and pave the way for a tension-free living and work environment. We hope you walk out of the meeting respecting the otherness of others and accepting the uniqueness of each other resulting in fewer conflicts and plenty of goodwill, peace, and harmony, and above all else, free yourselves to enjoy your time with your family and be a good human to others.

Hosted by: The Center for Pluralism, committed to building cohesive societies where every individual feels secure about his/her faith, culture, ethnicity, race, and other uniqueness.

To see a lineup of our programs, please visit https://centerforpluralism.com/workshops/

HEADING TO TULSA TO OFFICIATE AN INTERFAITH WEDDING WHAT A JOY IT IS!Do you feel anxious when heading to the airport? I ...
11/05/2020

HEADING TO TULSA TO OFFICIATE AN INTERFAITH WEDDING

WHAT A JOY IT IS!

Do you feel anxious when heading to the airport? I do. I have always made to the airport on time, but when the line for security check looks long, or if there is a traffic jam, I panic. Three times in the last 5 years, I had to dash to the gate...

But today, I set the alarm for 6 AM, walked out of my place at 630 and waited for uber, It was 5:30. I had not changed the wall clock or the alarm clock.

What a relief it was! 3 hours in advance, no worries no anxieties, now I’m sitting at the terminal, got the spot by the charger and can take a nap if I want to- 2 more hours to go.

Heading to Tulsa, Ok, to officiate an interfaith wedding tomorrow, and will be back on Saturday.

This is the 6th COVID Interfaith wedding this year. We even had a zoom wedding for a couple in San Francisco, parents in San Diego. I’m in DC. Life has to go on.

Please visit www.CenterforPluralism.com/workshops to see some exciting zoom workshop.

Thank you,

REVERSE MISOGYNY IN INTERFAITH MARRIAGESMen have not outgrown their ‘need’ to control others, particularly women. They w...
05/18/2020

REVERSE MISOGYNY IN INTERFAITH MARRIAGES

Men have not outgrown their ‘need’ to control others, particularly women. They want their women to be subservient to their whims, even in America, and in all faith traditions. It is what the men wish that happens. The societies are still misogynistic, and I hope it will change. I am pleased to share the reverse side of the story. The good news is the change is coming; men have started to feel, talk, and act as equals. As an interfaith wedding officiant, I usually get calls from women if they can marry the guy from other faith without conversion? No religious group is free from such questions, and I have dealt with people from Bahais to Zoroastrians.

More at http://interfaithmarriages.org/the-reverse-of-misogyny-in-interfaith-relationships/

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SEX BENEFITS = 30 OF THEM As a wedding officiant, I counsel the couples to live a happier life by preparing them to anti...
03/12/2020

SEX BENEFITS = 30 OF THEM

As a wedding officiant, I counsel the couples to live a happier life by preparing them to anticipate and mitigating conflicts and nurturing goodwill. More importantly, learning to accept and respect the otherness of the other instead of fighting a life-time to change the other.

I came across this article, “Sex can make you live longer” and pleased to share with you. If your sex life is lacking, the following information may just inspire you to find more time to canoodle. From pain relief and decreased stress to improved sleep and brainpower, read on to learn how an active sex life can make you a happier, healthier person.

https://couplescandy.com/blog/benefits-of-sex/

VALENTINES DAY WEDDINGS.              What a joy it was to officiate an interfaith wedding this morning. A Muslim bride ...
02/14/2020

VALENTINES DAY WEDDINGS.

What a joy it was to officiate an interfaith wedding this morning. A Muslim bride and a Christian groom. They are adding to the idea of one nation.

We will be celebrating our 20th Annual Thanksgiving Celebrations In November. We will be honoring the interfaith and interracial couples. Indeed they must be applauded for showing the way to others by respecting the otherness of the others, and accepting each other creating harmony.

Almost every other year since 2010, on Valentines Day and New Year’s Day, I have officiated one or two weddings.
Mike Ghouse,
interfaith wedding officiant

Interfaith Marraiges
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Interfaith Marraiges

Dr. Mike Ghouse officiated interfaith weddings, Muslims marrying, Christians, Hindus, Jains, Jews, Sikhs, Baha’i and oth...
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Dr. Mike Ghouse officiated interfaith weddings, Muslims marrying, Christians, Hindus, Jains, Jews, Sikhs, Baha’i and others. www.InterfaithMarriages.org

589 INTERFAITH MARRIAGES IN 2019  - This is good to hear – despite the villains threatening interfaith marriages in Indi...
11/26/2019
589 Interfaith Marriages in New Delhi – Interfaith Marriages

589 INTERFAITH MARRIAGES IN 2019 -

This is good to hear – despite the villains threatening interfaith marriages in India, people still marry – 589 interfaith marriages this year in New Delhi is a good sign. No one can stop any two people from getting married. Love has no bounds!

http://interfaithmarriages.org/589-interfaith-marriages-in-new-delhi/

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10/13/2019

COMPATIBILITY IS NOT RELIGION ANYMORE

In patriarchal societies, which almost all societies were until recently. They did not consider a woman to be equal to a man, it worked in a time when a woman was dependent on a man, even the parents did not want her daughter back home....

Compatibility remains a key factor in a happy marriage, which everyone seeks. The men narrowed down the compatibility of religion as compatibility. It may still be good in many nations, but not in our country.

Religion as a compatibility factor is fading, the prophet married Maria, and Safia a Christian and Jewish woman respectively, but he did not ask them to convert. He believed in free will and clearly asserted that there is no compulsion in what one believes.

At one time a believer in God was equated with a responsible person. Today, belief in one God is not the criteria.

If you are curious, you can read the 6000 words chapter in the book American Muslim Agenda, "Can a Muslim Woman marry a Non=Muslim?" It will answer many verses from the Quran.

CHRISTIAN - MUSLIM WEDDINGSarah grew up in a Muslim tradition, where the equality and dignity of men and women are the m...
10/12/2019

CHRISTIAN - MUSLIM WEDDING

Sarah grew up in a Muslim tradition, where the equality and dignity of men and women are the most cherished values.
Sam grew up in the Christian tradition that has taught him forgiveness, repentance, and unconditional love.

How sweet it is, that these two traditions will bring fullness to their relationship, with values from both the Christian and Muslims traditions.

It is a joy officiating interfaith weddings, to see the happiness on the faces of two individuals and their families.

Mike Ghouse
Interfaith Wedding Officiant
www.InterfaithMarriages.org

How India’s weddings are changingIndia is perhaps the first nation in the world with a record of interfaith weddings. Th...
09/21/2019

How India’s weddings are changing

India is perhaps the first nation in the world with a record of interfaith weddings. The Great King Akbar married a Hindu princess and both kept their religions. India has been a beacon of hope – However, with the rise of jingoist nationalists, and silent approval of harassment of Interfaith couples, India witnessed severe setbacks in the last five years. The High Court in the State of Uttar Pradesh has ordered the state to give protection to such couples – So happy to read that.

Article: http://interfaithmarriages.org/how-indias-weddings-are-changing/

Mike Ghouse
Interfaith Wedding Officiant

JEWISH MUSLIM WEDDINGA Rabbi and I officiated a Muslim Jewish interfaith marriage on Saturday, 8/24/19- both of us seaml...
08/25/2019

JEWISH MUSLIM WEDDING

A Rabbi and I officiated a Muslim Jewish interfaith marriage on Saturday, 8/24/19- both of us seamlessly officiated the wedding.

It has been a blessing to unite over 80 couples, and thank God for the guidance to have delivered sermons in both the faith traditions of the couples.

God created the world in harmony, and the universe runs on a precisely programmed trajectory. All that he/she/it wants is that we preserve and manage that harmony. Indeed, God puts love between two souls, which brings them together, and the fulfillment of that relationship comes thru the marriage.

Like the birds, and whales that travel thousands of miles to their nesting place, God also has built-in GPS in humans that bring them together. India's famous poet, Ghalib had said, love happens, there is no reason or rhyme to it, nor there any criteria, individuals fall in love and come together like they were meant to be. Indeed by marrying, they bring fulfillment to their God-given GPS-Love and add to the harmony of the world.

Religions don't marry each other; individuals do. The Rabbi and I officiated the interfaith wedding for this beautiful couple. GOD BLESS THEM, Amen.

INTERFAITH MARRIAGES IS VERY AMERICAN

Thank God for America, hope for the world, we have always led the world in culture, science, maths, medicine.... and now religion.

Only in the United States, you find Reformed Judaism, reformed Hinduism, reformed Christianity, and reformed Islam (although not pronounced yet, it is here) and reformed other faiths.

Children can be raised in both faiths and let them choose which way they want to go when they become adults.
The purpose of religion was to create societies where men and women, people of different faiths, young and old and different races, ethnicities, cultures and others uniqueness live in harmony, and securely. That is all God wants - he crated the world precisely and in harmony, he wants us to maintain it. Religions are the instruments to achieve that.

America is the place, and other nations will follow us over a decade.

Why do Children have to follow parents faith or culture? What is the need, let them live their lives in the pursuit of their happiness.

Mike Ghouse
Center for Pluralism
www.InterfaithMarriages.org

ANGEL WEDS ANGEL It was a joy to officiate this interfaith wedding in Redondo Beach California. A Muslim woman and a Cat...
08/03/2019

ANGEL WEDS ANGEL

It was a joy to officiate this interfaith wedding in Redondo Beach California. A Muslim woman and a Catholic man, a beautiful couple. I thought I did not know anyone here, except the parents of the bride. But what a pleasant surprise to find knowing so many. Four couples had met me in other interfaith weddings that I had officiated in Austin, Jacksonville, New York, and Louisville.

The sermon was thoughtfully prepared to
Integrate threads from both their traditions during this evenings ceremony. It was a pleasure to highlight the essence of Catholic and Islamic traditions.

The facility was right on the ocean, and the food was delicious Indian/ Spanish.

Incredible dancing, the wedding was attended by people of different faiths, races, and cultures. Most women, black, white, and Chinese wore beautiful sarees and men wore sherwani and churidar pajamas.

God bless this union.
Dios le bindija su union

Mike Ghouse
Wedding officiant

08/02/2019

LOS ANGELES
Here I come to Officiate an interfaith wedding, back to DC Sunday morning.

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WHY THIS BOOK? American Muslim AgendaYou and I have a responsibility to create a world where, you, me, and our grandchil...
02/08/2019
The Book: American Muslim Agenda

WHY THIS BOOK?
American Muslim Agenda

You and I have a responsibility to create a world where, you, me, and our grandchildren can live without apprehensions. No matter where we go, we should feel secure about our faith, race, ethnicity and our political and sexual orientation.

Would this book bring attitudinal change among Muslims? Yes, it will, it's akin to planting a seed and nurturing it to give the beneficence to the next generation. I know most American Muslims wholeheartedly subscribe to the refreshed understanding of Islam, we need to expand it to more of us.

Some of the reservations we have about Muslims and Islam are based on what we have heard and learned from others, we need to free ourselves from misunderstanding. What a blessing it is to be free.

Muslims have shied away from confronting difficult issues about their faith, and most of them don't even have a clue about the essence of Islam, it was never articulated before. Islam was reduced to rituals and telling others what to do, as dished out by a few Muslims scholars of the past. This book separates the chaff from the wheat for you.

Islam is not Sharia. This book is a product of twenty years of research and thousands of interviews and discussions. Muslims, non-Muslims, and” Islamophobes” have participated including 150 discussions on Fox News.,

Islam is not about enforcing your rules on others, it’s all about free will. Indeed, it is about living your life and letting others live theirs. Islam is about building cohesive societies where all of God's creation lives with dignity and freedom, where no one is more privileged than the other. If you are a moderate individual of any faith, you will find the book in tune with you.

It is time to go beyond the five pillars of Islam, and I hope my fellow Muslims appreciate the contents of the book. This book may indeed become a reference manual for teaching Islamic values that contribute to creating a better world for all humanity., The American Muslim Agenda offers guidance to Muslims to be one with all, and it's about integration. Once integrated, we become a part of the American story.

Islam is a public religion, and Muslims don't own it. You are invited to participate in discussions, including your faith. The book is expected to initiate conversations about the nature of Islam and fellow humans. I welcome your criticism .,

You can get the book by calling 1-888-795-4274 x 4528 or get it from Amazon online or a book store. You can find the talking points at www.AmericanMuslimAgenda.com.

If you want a signed hard or soft copy, please Paypal me the funds to [email protected]

Thank you
Mike

American Muslim Agenda is a Blueprint for Muslims to set their priorities and build a cohesive America.

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CAN A MUSLIM WOMAN MARRY A NON-MUSLIM? Researching the matrimonial sites, out of 1000 Muslim women, only 30% of them ove...
09/18/2018

CAN A MUSLIM WOMAN MARRY A NON-MUSLIM?

Researching the matrimonial sites, out of 1000 Muslim women, only 30% of them over the age of 50 have listed Islam as their religion, the rest have registered themselves as spiritual but not religious, and they invariably add, “religion is no bar.” Meaning, people of others faiths can approach.

There is nothing you can do, it is not your life, and you don’t have solutions either. You can tell them to marry a Muslim man, but it is their life, they have seen the growth, go through a divorce or have not married at all, and they know what they want. They want a man, not a religion to marry. A majority of Muslims quietly go along with these decisions, some have a lot of questions, and some are ready to quote verses from Quran and make declarations that they are out of the pale of Islam.

http://interfaithmarriages.org/can-a-muslim-woman-marry-a-non-muslim-man-short-version/

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SEX BENEFITS = 30 OF THEM As a wedding officiant, I counsel the couples to live a happier life by preparing them to anticipate and mitigating conflicts and nurturing goodwill. More importantly, learning to accept and respect the otherness of the other instead of fighting a life-time to change the other. I came across this article, “Sex can make you live longer” and pleased to share with you. If your sex life is lacking, the following information may just inspire you to find more time to canoodle. From pain relief and decreased stress to improved sleep and brainpower, read on to learn how an active sex life can make you a happier, healthier person. https://couplescandy.com/blog/benefits-of-sex/
WHY DO PEOPLE FALL IN LOVE? Why do you click with some and not with others? What brings two people together? I think love is a product of nature’s GPS. Picture: a Muslim woman marries a Christian man at Jefferson Memorial. – Officiated by Mike Ghouse Full article at http://centerforpluralism.com/why-do-two-people-fall-in-love/ #behavior #uniqueness #mikeghouse #memorial #together #intefaithMarriages #InterfaithWedding
WHY DO PEOPLE FALL IN LOVE? Why do you click with some and not with others? What brings two people together? I think love is a product of nature’s GPS. Picture: a Muslim woman marries a Christian man at Jefferson Memorial. – Officiated by Mike Ghouse Full article at http://centerforpluralism.com/why-do-two-people-fall-in-love/ #behavior #uniqueness #mikeghouse #memorial #together #intefaithMarriages #InterfaithWedding
WHY DO PEOPLE FALL IN LOVE? Why do you click with some and not with others? What brings two people together? I think love is a product of nature’s GPS. Picture: A Muslim woman marries a Christian man at Jefferson Memorial. – Officiated by Mike Ghouse Full article at http://centerforpluralism.com/why-do-two-people-fall-in-love/ #behavior #uniqueness #mikeghouse #memorial #together #intefaithMarriages #InterfaithWedding
WHY DO PEOPLE FALL IN LOVE? Why do you click with some and not with others? What brings two people together? I think love is a product of nature’s GPS. Picture: Mariam a Muslim woman marries Matthew, a Christian man at Jefferson Memorial. – Officiated by Mike Ghouse Full article at http://centerforpluralism.com/why-do-two-people-fall-in-love/
MUSLIM WOMEN DUPED There should be a continuing education course for a few Muslim religious leaders. They still have not caught up with the corrections to mistranslations. Muslim Women were duped for 1400 years that their husbands can beat them if they don’t behave after the warnings. That is a result of bad translations. No more of that nonsense. Check the video on Youtube by Dr. Laleh Bakhtiar 4:34 – Check the new and correct translations. The full story is in the book American Muslim Agenda available at Amazon, Kindle, Barnes & Nobles etc.
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