(I fully empathize with my Jewish colleagues on this because it is easy for the Catholic Church, with 1 billion members, to be liberal on this point in comparison to the Jewish community with 15 million.) For the Catholic, the ceremony can take place in a non-religious setting, and a priest is not even required.It is even possible for the marriage to be done simply by a civil minister, and the church will still recognize it as a valid marriage. While there are some rabbis who will celebrate a joint ceremony, most rabbis of local congregations will not.Islam believes the choice of a marriage partner is one of the most important decisions a person will make in his or her lifetime.
First of all, Muslim youth develop very close friendships with their same-sex peers.
I have found that many young couples who may not be that connected to their faith traditions think that the religious issue will not be a problem.
Unfortunately, they don’t appreciate how these matters may crop up later to present very difficult challenges.
Young Muslim men and women (or boys and girls) do not enter into one-on-one intimate relationships, spending time alone together and "getting to know one another" in a very deep way as a precursor to selecting a marital partner.
Rather, in Islamic culture, pre-marital relationships of any kind between members of the opposite sex is forbidden.