As for her reason to not date this Karim, obviously, since most Muslims don’t behead people or beat their wives, not wanting to associate with people like that is a bad reason to not want to date a Muslim.

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In short, mid-life crises come early and hit harder for non-practicing Muslim men.

I have seen this play out so many times in my own family and community that it no longer surprises me.

After a whirlwind relationship, he wants to marry you as soon as possible. As refreshingly different as that is from what you may be accustomed to, it is still a good idea to proceed with caution.

There are several things you should consider first, though.

Add increasing pressure from families to wed the “right” sort of person (i.e.

the same pressure their sisters felt much more acutely and from a much younger age) and this means an eventual return to fulfilling filial expectations.

Okay, so you’ve met the man of your dreams, and he’s totally into you, too. He speaks of faraway lands in a way that mesmerizes and he looks at you as though you’re the only woman on earth. The first thing to realize is that many Muslim men are on a “wife hunt.” As unromantic as that sounds, it is true.

He has an intensity that has swept you off your feet. Marriage is considered “half the religion” and most men are eager to settle down and start a family.

Even if he doesn’t appear to be very religious, you should still learn about Islam.

If you marry a Muslim man, Islam will play a large part in your life, even if you have no intention of converting.

You should also realize that “being in love” is not considered a prerequisite to marriage in Islam. [/h] Another thing to consider is your own feelings about Islam.