A (non-Muslim) fireman hits on Rayyan. Yasir, Baber and Amaar are concerned about this. Out of annoyance, Rayyan goes on a date with the guy, but realizes Islam is too important to her to date non-Muslims.
Yasser: What kind of normal person has any interest in Islam?
[Indeed the same can be said about Judaism – especially if you have crazy people like Baber running around representing it. I actually think Rayyan handles the interest in Islam pretty well, she must have lots of practice with questions from outsiders.]
Being part of a religious minority that insists on marrying people from the same faith has the disadvantage that it’s nearly impossible to find a partner – simply because there isn’t anyone to even consider. I’m not sure how many members Mercy mosque is supposed to have, but probably there is no unmarried man in the age range suitable for Rayyan (besides Amaar). That sucks.
So what do you do? I think every young person in that situation has at least considered dating somebody from outside the faith [though to be fair to Rayyan, he is the one who initiates the whole thing and she rejects his advances several times in the beginning]. Especially if your parents and others freak out about the mere possibility and try to "save" you. Luckily for Yasir and the rest, she decides after a very short time that her faith is too important for her to consider dating a non-Muslim. I guess this is the result all parents of Jewish children wish for when they tell their children about the importance of marrying a Jew. Why is this the one important thing? Yasir is not really that religious, why is it so important for him that his daughter marries a Muslim? Especially when he himself didn’t (well, he married someone who converted for him, half points?). I don’t know. But I do know why he got his wish, why Rayyan decided to only date Muslims from now on: Because Islam actually means something to her, it is an important part of her daily life. So how can we prevent intermarriage? Make Judaism relevant for our children so that they cannot imagine living with someone who doesn’t share this part of their life [and move somewhere where they can actually find a Jewish partner].