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How are the religious beliefs on divorce reflected in the ceremonies?

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How are the religious beliefs on divorce reflected in the ceremonies? In Islam, divorce is highly discouraged. However they also do not believe in making people live unhappily for their whole lives. This is because is Islam it is understood that it is only human for not every marriage to be a success, 'Either keep your wife honestly or put her away from you with kindness. Do not force a woman to stay with you who wishes to leave. The man who does that only injures himself.' (Surah 2:23). This belief that divorce is a possibility as a last resort, after attempts of re-building the marriage have failed is usually reflected in the Nikah ceremony. This is because often in the Nikah contract, which is written and signed by the couple marrying, the bride includes certain conditions that could later help her if she decides she wants a divorce. ...read more.


be a life long commitment which is reflected in the agreement to marriage made by the bride and bridegroom during the nikah ceremony. The beliefs of divorce in Christianity contrast to the beliefs in Islam. This is because Christians do not believe in divorce as, unlike in Islam where God witnesses the ceremony, in Christianity, God joins the couple, 'What God has joined together, man must not separate' (Mark 10:9). This is reflected in the Christian marriage ceremony when it is usual for the priest to say, 'I take thee to be my wedded husband (or wife)...till death do us part...' (The Book of Common Prayer). The Roman Catholic Church do not accept divorce under any circumstances and at most accept a separation. This is because marriage is seen as a sacrament. It is reflected in the Roman Catholic marriage ceremony, 'May he always honour her and love her as Christ loves his bride the church...' ...read more.


During the divorce between a Muslim couple, if it is a mutual divorce, they have the opportunity to agree between themselves the financial arrangement making it easier. In the Church of England, Christians are not to divorce but no one in the church can stop them. This for Christian's means that they do not have to feel trapped in a marriage therefore making more people want to get married if they are in love without feeling intimidated. This is different in the Roman Catholic Church as Christians cannot get a divorce and the only way to get free from a marriage is to get an annulment. In the Orthodox Church, the church also allow divorce, as they understand that marriages breakdown. They also allow the couple to re-marry in the church. This is different to the Anglican Church, as although they let divorce take place, they tend to not allow remarriage to happen in the church. 5 ...read more.

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