*** Walking down the school hallways as a young Muslim girl I used to see guys and girls holding hands, or a girl standing by her locker crying as her boyfriend talked to her.
I would be confronted with questions and statements about dating that took different forms and styles, starting from elementary until I graduated high school. .” Growing up, I never minded answering these questions with a full explanation as to what Islam allows and forbids when it comes to dating.
The beautiful religion Islam is a complete way of life and teaches us about every step in it.
This includes teachings on the relationship between a male and a female, the ‘halal’ way, which means something that is approved as religiously proper for a Muslim.
I can never forget when Valentine’s Day came along every year and the class had to give cards with candy to each student. When I used to sit and write guy’s names on the cards, I would always avoid the cards that had messages like, “Be My Valentine,” or “Hearts and Kisses to You.” This culture of dating has gone global; it’s not only a part of the West.
It was my faith and strong understanding that helped me go through school without going out with anyone and without even starting a relationship with a guy.