Islamic View on Intercultural Marriage
It is true that customs and traditions differ from one society to another. However, Islam constitutes a bond that unites all Muslims. The spirit of brotherhood and collective submission to Allah and His injunctions, if truly practiced and faithfully observed, are sure enough to eradicate such differences. When a dispute erupts owing to the difference in customs and cultural backgrounds, it should be settled according to the rulings of the Sharia. Once the Sharia decides the matter, none should feel unease or claim arrogant superiority.
Responding to this issue in more detail, Zienab Mostafa, a prominent Muslim Scholar and Da`iyah, said:
Islam has put an end to racism and tribalism. It has united us all under one banner. In the Prophet’s Last Sermon, it is stated that “there is no superiority for an Arab over an Arab, for a white person over a black one except in terms of piety (taqwa )” (Musna Ahmad). There is no text whatsoever stating that an Arab must not or should not marry a non-Arab. Therefore, we should fight racism and tribalism that have caused disunity among Muslims. We should better follow the Prophet’s example in his relationship to Marriyah who was not an Arab lady.
As for understanding each other better, it is the harmony between human values and personal traits that help marriage to be successful and not the culture. There are so many Arabs who got married but their marriage collapsed even though they were from the same culture, etc.,