So, let me ask the bigots out there - why is a muslim man allowed to marry a non-muslim and not a woman?
Islam says that a muslim man is allowed to marry only devout christian or jewish women, as they're among the people of the book and they worship the same God as us. a muslim woman, however, cannot marry a non muslim man because when it comes to raising the children as muslims, shes going to need the support of her husband, and its not always likely that hes going to give it to her. a muslim woman can't raise the children all by herself and teach them her religion on her own. the children are going to look up to their father, and will obey and listen to him afterall. the non muslim husband may also do things which tend to go against our religion, and the children, even the wife, could be influenced by that. raising children as muslims is an important task, one that is to be taken very seriously. the non muslim husband may also tell his wife to do things which could go against her religion, and we're taught in islam that the wife should always obey her husband. such marriages could put her in difficult situations..
islam always tries to make life as easy as possible for muslims and avoids things that can bring any kind of harm to us, physically or spiritually. it recognizes all the problems that are bound to occur if marriages between non muslim men and muslim women take place, so its forbidden it completely. when marrying only a muslim man, the muslim woman can be guaranteed that she'll be safe to practice her religion with no problems whatsoever, for she has the support of her husband when raising her children, and she won't worry about the possibility of having to compromise her beliefs. she wouldn't have any trouble practicing her own religion in her own room amongst her own family. thats why islam encourages muslim women to only marry muslim men..