Morning Teaser 'My father has vowed to disown me because I want to marry a Christian

Should a couple be stopped from getting married because they are not from the same tribe or religion?

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A really worried man

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"Dear Pulse,

My name is Kamal and I am from the Northern part of the country. I am from a very strong Islamic home with my parents being staunch Moslems though they are not the types that discriminate against other religions.

Right from my childhood, they encouraged me and my siblings to see every human beings as the same, created by the same Allah. We grew up with this knowledge and most of my friends from school were Christians.

I mixed with them and while in secondary school, I had the opportunity of attending church services with them.

After my university education, I was posted to Port Harcourt for my youth service scheme and that was where I met and fell in love with Chinyere. We so much in love that we agreed to get married despite the fact that we are from different tribes and religion.

When I visited her home town in Enugu, her parents were skeptical at first but after i assured them that I had good intentions towards their daughter, they accepted me.

But trouble loomed for us when I took her home to introduce to my parents. When my parents found out that she is an Igbo lady and a Christian, they told me in clear terms that I cannot marry her. In fact, my father vowed to disown me if I disobey his words and get married to Chinyere.

He has even gone ahead to arrange with his friend for me to marry his daughter, someone I do not love and can never see myself getting married to her.

I love Chinyere so much and I will rather disobey my parents and lose my inheritance rather than lose her.

What do you think I should do in this situation?

Kamal."

Dear readers, on Morning Teaser today, we ask: should religion and tribe be a hindrance to marriage?

Should religion play a part in choosing a marriage partner?»

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