Here is what you infidels need to know about dating a Muslim woman or man.There is a lot of debate as to whether Muslims are allowed to date at all. I suppose I brought this on myself – after all, I met the Public Praying Man (as he shall henceforth be known) on a Christian dating site. Firstly, because my Christian faith is important to me, and I would ideally like to share that with the guy I end up with. Before I've had a chance to utter the words: “Don't, please, just…don't,” he has already placed a firm hand on my arm, bowed his head and proceeded to launch into saying grace, audibly enough that several other tables in the joint have turned to stare in bemusement.
For people who aren’t from the Middle East or part of the Muslim tribe, Muslim dating can be incredibly confusing.
Since he is the head of the household the expectation is that he will respect her rights and the children will take his religion.
Really in actuality from what I've seen this is not the case.
Way to state the obvious and waste your digital calling card. He was due some leave from his unspecified nautical job in three months, and could we “meet up and see how things progress? There were plenty more from those who clearly weren't a good match – guys in the 50 plus age bracket, guys who lived in Australia, guys who were saving their first kiss for marriage.
There was also a serious sense of humour failure, as if the men on there were worried that “being a bit funny” is the work of Satan and no self-respecting Christian would dare make a joke. At least Public Praying Man made it to the dating stage – but his penchant for saying grace out loud made me feel, as many of the men's profiles did, that I wasn't Christian enough to go out with a Christian.
But within a few years, cracks began to form in her new faith.