If you’re not Muslim but are interested in dating someone who is, there are some things we think you should be aware of. 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 when you ask them about Islam to see if their faith differs from 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 is similar to the original laws, statutes, and commandments that are practised 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. It is believed that the Quran was a revelation from Allah and 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. If you don’t follow any dietary restrictions, be prepared to compromise around food. If you’re not sure whether your date follows traditional Muslim guidelines around food, we think the best policiy is just to ask. Chances are your date will be glad that you know a little bit about Muslim cultures and customs.
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. Additionally, in some sects, a Muslim man is allowed to have more than one wife. 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 In some Muslim sects, there are also some views of women that many would consider outdated.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 get into a relationship with a Muslim. Like we said, if you want to know what kind of customs your date follows, just ask!