The family is the nucleus of Islamic society, and marriage is the only acceptable way of bringing the family in to existence. In fact, the Prophet insisted that His followers enter into marriage. In Islam, a man is allowed to marry four wives at any given time. All women, no matter your faith, can date and get married to a Muslim man, but you need to learn what would be expected of you by the man.
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Ask yourself what you are looking for in a partner. Apart from religion, there must be other values that you would like in a man. Clearly identify your purpose for looking for a man, and define the kind of man that you want. Be very clear and precise about your preference.
Visit online dating sites specifically designed for Muslims. These can be of convenience whether you are looking for friendship, romance or even a marriage partner. Some of these sites are free, while others require a registration fee. Alternatively, you can attend Muslim conventions and conferences, fund-raising dinners and regional Muslim seminars. If you are not a Muslim, start befriending Muslim families.
Post your profile on a Muslim dating site, but be cognizant of its length. Too long can be boring while too short tends to be vague. Be clear and precise about who you are. Post a picture if possible, as this makes respondents more interested. Take precaution with the kind of picture that you post. Do not be too revealing, as Muslims tend to be conservative in their way of dressing. If you are a Muslim, make sure that your photo is impressive even if you are wearing the hijab.
Try to find out as much as you can about the respondents that you chat with online. Do not divulge a lot of personal information such as your address or place of employment on the first contact with your respondents. Remember that not everyone is honest. Find a way of verifying the photos sent by asking more questions about the photo or asking him to send another one.
Arrange to meet your respondent. When meeting for the first time, be realistic and do not have very high expectation, as what you see in the photo might not be the same on face to face. To make a good first impression, dress conservatively. Get to know what you have in common and, if you seem to get along well, plan more activities together.
Get references from someone else who knows the man better than you, in the event that he wants the relationship to go further. This can be an Imam -- a person in a leadership position, a sister, co-worker or business partner. If you are not a Muslim, learn as much as you can about Islam. Remember that if the relationship is to end up in marriage, your children will practice their father's religion, so you must be in a good position to offer guidance.
Tips and warnings
- When meeting for the first time, meet in a public place and arrange for your own transport. Make sure someone else knows where you are.
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