Lebanese academic and Islamic thinker Dr. Khaled Abdul Fattah said in a July 10, 2019 interview on Al-Araby TV (U.K.) that Muslims should avoid marrying non-Muslims and people from a different social background. He said that the Islamic state he calls for would give Islam and its symbols the highest status and that it would allow people of other faiths to worship in their own spaces. Saying that this is how it is in the West, Dr. Abdul Fattah explained that religions would not be equal in the Islamic state. He pointed out that even though the West claims people have freedom of religion, many Western countries prohibit the Muslim call to prayer and the construction of minarets.
Dr. Khaled Abdul Fattah: "I advise [Muslim] men not to marry non-Muslim women, but that's not all. I advise them not to marry Muslim women who are not from the same social level."
Interviewer: "So you are looking for compatibility..."
Dr. Khaled Abdul Fattah: "Precisely. Sometimes a Sunni wants to marry a Shiite woman, or the other way around. I'm not saying that Shiites are infidels. Of course note. We are all Muslims, thank God...
"I advise Bedouins not to marry city folks, and vice versa. Likewise, a rich man should not marry a poor girl, or vice versa, and an illiterate man should not marry and educated girl, or vice versa. This is because birds of a feather flock together. When people are similar, they get along, but they get into trouble when they are different.
"In the Islamic state that we call to establish, the rites of Islam will be held supreme, and non-Muslims would be allowed to worship in their churches. They would be allowed to renovate their churches as needed, so that they don't have to worship in the streets. This is what happened in Muslim countries throughout history. In Alexandria and elsewhere in Egypt, they rebuilt churches as early as the first hijri century. In this matter, we say: If they do not want to rebuild, then this is all the better, because we want Allah's word to be held supreme. This is what we want. We want there to be mosques in the town squares. We do not want to see churches in the squares in the Muslim state that we call to establish, but in their own places, they can build churches and display their crosses – just not in the big squares in the Muslim state, because this state will be based on Islam and will bear the symbols of Islam."
Interviewer: "So there will not be religious equality in the state you aspire to establish."
Dr. Khaled Abdul Fattah: "Correct. By the way, this is how it is in the West. I have visited Western countries. For example, many of them prohibit Muslims from making the call to prayer. We cannot build minarets. Those who speak about freedom, secular people..."
Interviewer: "And this is unjust, in your eyes."
Dr. Khaled Abdul Fattah: "They say that they have freedom. Had they said that these were Christian countries, I would have understood. But they say that all religions are equal, and that everybody has freedom of religion and equality, and then they talk about having the first black President in America..."