Significantly younger and more diverse than the public as a whole, young religious Muslims straddle two worlds. Young Muslim Americans aren't exactly dominant in the mainstream dating conversation, and that's because "dating while Muslim" is its own unique, oft-misunderstood reality.
But they only give you chopsticks, and you have no idea how to use them.
Then the other woman, who had remained silent until then, asked me for proof. When many Indians see one of their women with a man of a different race, they make assumptions, and offer unsolicited advice.
An Indian woman who has got a white man must be enlightened, even by complete strangers.
The messages young people get can go so far as to warn that "seemingly innocuous email exchanges or online dating could topple one off the Islamic path if one lack[s] vigilance." The takeaway for religious young people is that they should marry, but they shouldn't actually date to get there.
At a Muslim "speed dating" event in 2006, Imam Muhamed Magid of the Adams Center summed it up this way: "Don’t talk to the Muslim girls, ever, but you are going to marry them.
You’re so hungry that you could eat a horse but you end up sitting there alone for hours just staring at other people as they enjoy their food in company of people they came with.