Muslim women and dating
Even though I was born and raised in this religion, that was my own awakening as to why this was a way of life for me [and I decided to commit myself to this faith].”What does that mean to you and your faith? I had to go through a process of that, too, because you’re immediately recognised as a Muslim if you’ve got your hijab on. “For the personality type that I have, the hijab was very simple way for me to maintain a balance and a centre and a sort of discipline that I needed and that I don’t seem to find in a lot of other ways in this world. But the hijab is as simple as putting a T-shirt on.”“If you’re a conservative Muslim, your family gets you some men, you pick and choose what you want, and it’s done in a really quick turnaround period. And I don’t knock any sort of trajectory or pathway to finding love or getting married or having a marriage. It blows my mind to know that you can try this conservative approach, or this non-conservative approach…”But there’s no full-on “dating” that goes on in your community?
I wanted whatever relationship I was in to have that excitement that comes from an organic meeting, because swiping is hopeless, and it just felt very, fuck, like automated and robotic.“Part of it is like the race thing, too, which is a little hard. I’m East African and there aren’t a lot of East African Muslims on these apps.
I’m now realising that there is no set path for that — for how to find that person.”The beautiful thing about this is that everyone feels so isolated in their journeys to find love.
That’s what compelled me to start writing — I felt so alone.
And I knew that there had to be other people out there who felt like me.
And to know that you live in Chicago, and you’re a Black Muslim woman — you could not have a further experience from my life...“And I’m also 27! ”After being raised on a steady diet of Disney movies, I expected to meet someone and fall passionately in love — but wound up collapsing under the pressures of modern dating.
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So, you think, “I tend to find myself in these situations when I know that my ultimate goal is to marry a Muslim.