There are some things we think you should be aware of if you're not Muslim but are interested in Muslim dating or Muslim marriage. You should have at least some knowledge of the Muslim faith and its customs before your date so that you have the best chances of success. Be ready to ask questions and listen attentively to what your date says. Ask them about Islam to see if their faith differs from or aligns with traditional customs. Read on to find out what you should know about dating a Muslim:
Beliefs About God
Muslims believe that there is one god, Allah. The main tenets of the Muslim religion are similar to the original laws, statutes, and commandments that are practiced in Judaism and Christianity. Often, Muslims with a more traditional faith background are against such things as lying, stealing, adultery, blasphemy and so on. Many Muslim cultures still punish harshly for such violations. The holy book in Islam is the Quran. Muslims believe that the Quran was a revelation from Allah. This holy book is still considered to be one of the most inspired works in classical Arabic literature. If you're curious to learn more about what the Quran says about love and dating, we suggest you look at the text and interpretations at your local library or online.
Customs with Food
Muslims don't eat pork, shellfish, crabs and a variety of other foods deemed unclean. For most Muslims, as for more traditional Jews, these foods are off limits. Dietary restrictions could mean compromise when it comes to food! If you're not sure whether your date follows traditional Muslim guidelines around food, we think the best policy is just to ask. Chances are your date will be glad that you know a little bit about Muslim cultures and customs.
Muslim Marriage and Family
A traditional practitioner of Islam may not want to date or marry someone who is not in the Muslim faith. In some cases, they may make exceptions if the individual is following one of the other Abrahamic faiths, like Judaism or Christianity. However, in most cases, a non-Muslim would be expected to convert to Islam before the two of them could marry.
Most Muslims believe in having large families. A Muslim man is allowed to have more than one wife in some Islamic sects. This is because of the original injunction from God to "be fruitful and multiply." In some Muslim sects, there are also some views of women that many would consider outdated. If you're a strong-willed and independent woman, you may want to look into this further before dating a Muslime man.
These are just a few factors that you'll need to consider before you start with Muslim dating or aim for Muslim marriage. Like we said, if you want to know what kind of customs your date follows, just ask! Ready to learn more about Muslim dating? Click to see all our Muslim dating resources now!