For many Muslims singles dating can be a difficult balance between their own wants and those of their family or society.
Muslim blogger The Imposter has first hand experience of the conflicts which can arise between the search for love and the pressures of tradition.
For people who aren’t from the Middle East or part of the Muslim tribe, Muslim dating can be incredibly confusing.
I can identify with Pakistani culture as well as the culture and traditions of the religion I was raised in but; I do enjoy a good whiskey, used to smoke like a chimney, I collect really rubbish songs on vinyl like Bruce Willis’ timeless classic “Respect Yourself”, I love to knit, I make a killer steak and kidney pie and, like many other women in the UK, karaoke bars are also my secret shame.
You may say that I am as western as they come but I am still so proud of my heritage and the culture and tradition my parents brought me up in.
Many Muslim women are left torn between a dichotomy of desexualized and hypersexualized narratives tossed at them." Between the pressures of conservative communities and the limitations of traditional unbringings, religious Muslim Millennials aren't faced with as many dating resources as other similar religious groups. Families setting up children has existed for years, and Muslim singles events a la "speed dating" are common.
But those aren't the solutions all young people are seeking.