Muslim Dating Etiquette: 5 Things You Need to Know Now

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Muslim Dating Etiquette 5 Things You Need to Know Now

Traditional Muslim dating etiquette can be very different than what you’re accustomed to. If you’re interested in dating a Muslim, you should learn a little bit about Muslim dating rules before your date. Keep reading to find out the basic components of Muslim dating etiquette.

The Quran

According to the Quran, single women and men are not allowed to be alone with one another. This can be a problem when you want to begin courting someone who practices Islam. Though not all modern Muslims follow this guideline, some of the more religious Muslims do. If you’re dating someone very religious, get used to the possibility that a chaperon may accompany you on your date. This information can help you to be respectful of this faith, which will be an important thing if Islam is a big part of your date’s life.

Chaperons and Dating

If you’re dating a Muslim for the first time, the idea of a chaperoned date can take some getting used to. For more religious Muslims, even engaged couples will still have a chaperone. Pressuring your date to be alone together may be a violation of their faith, so it probably won’t go over well. If you want to date a more traditional Muslim, be prepared to take it very slowly.

Muslim Marriage

In general, courtship between Muslim couples tends to be short and a wedding may be planned as soon as both people feel that they are compatible. Since it’s possible that your courtship will be supervised, it’s very important that you work hard to get along well with your date’s family. In Muslim dating, it’s not unusual for people to date with the sole intention of marriage and starting a family. If you’re looking for something else, we suggest you be up front and open about this from the start. This will help you both to make well-informed decisions about whether it makes sense to proceed.

Halal Dating

With more Muslims living in the United States, many approach dating with a more modern Muslim style, called Halal dating. The rules of engagement still apply, but with a slight twist. Women and men are introduced by the family, then go on group dates or chat via online to get to know each other better. If things proceed well, the couple can sign a marriage contract, or nikah, which allows the two to spend more quality time together before the wedding. It’s important to understand what beliefs our partner has regarding the Muslim faith so we know how to behave and what to expect.

Preparing today for what lies ahead is the best way to make any relationship work. Regardless of what intentions you have, a certain protocol is required when dating a Muslim. We think it is always better to be open, respectful, and honest at the start of a relationship. This will help you make good choices about whether to pursue a relationship and will set you up for a solid connection moving forward.

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