Her mother was more worried that the photos did not reflect well on the family.The fact that Iqbal had been sneaking around seemed to come second.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.
Therefore, Christian women must be careful about marrying Muslim men.NEW YORK (WOMENSENEWS)– Before posting pictures of her boyfriend, 17-year-old Sania Iqbal blocked all her Muslim family members from her social media page.It wasn’t until a younger cousin took a screen shot that captured the images that she realized she wasn’t as covert as she thought she was.Estimating the number of people in mixed-faith marriages is difficult.The 2001 census suggests 21,000 but demographers believe the figure is considerably higher.The whole situation gave Iqbal, an Arab-Muslim who lives in Copiague, N. “I had to do everything behind my parents’ back [and] I didn’t like that,” she said.Whether in response to an Islamic tradition that prohibits dating or to the desire to fit in with their peers, some Muslim teens are having relationships in secret. 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.The publication of the document, which will receive a high-profile launch at Westminster Abbey today, is significant because those supporting it include imams from the more orthodox Islamic schools of thought and evangelical Christians.Among those who have signed up to the document include Sheikh Ibrahim Mogra, a prominent Leicester-based imam from the conservative Deobandi school, the Right Rev Paul Hendricks, associate bishop of Southwark Catholic Archdiocese, and Amra Bone, one of the only women in the country to sit in a Sharia court. And with devout religion comes tradition that doesn't necessarily mesh with modern dating culture. Not all young Muslim Americans have serious religious upbringings. More than 6 in 10 do not see a conflict between being a devout Muslim and living in a modern society, according to Pew data; but 80% of Muslim Americans say that religion does play an important part of their lives. One of those names probably looks less familiar than the others, and for good reason.