The majority of scholars, of olden days and contemporary times, agree that it is permissible for a Muslim man to marry a woman who follows a divine religion. However, some people who belong to Christianity and Judaism declare themselves atheists. In addition, fornication and adultery are commonplace in their societies to the extent that the majority of people do not disapprove of it. Indeed, those who do not practise fornication before marriage are considered odd. In view of all this, contemporary scholars adopt more restrictive views on the matter. Here are some of their fatwas.