We’ve been together for almost a year now, which in my mind does DEFINITELY not warrant wedding planners and cake tasting just yet.

But I’ve realised that we have battled through our fair share of relationship drama, and some of the particularly tricky moments have been related to the fact that he’s Muslim.

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He is so liberal in so many ways but I’m very uncomfortable being a secret when we have professed such deep love for each other…and he’s not just saying it, it’s true for him.

But he doesn’t know what will happen with his country and situation, so I understand that too. I am beginning to realize that this love may be an impossible hope for me…and maybe there are aspects of his faith that limit him too much to even consider a longer term, more serious relationship, no matter how liberal he seems.

I find myself in a hard situation with a Muslim man I love.

I write because I don’t have resources within the Muslim community and would love that perspective.

If you asked me to tell you about my boyfriend, I’d spend hours going on about how he makes me laugh even when I’m trying to be stroppy, and how he brings me donuts when I’m stressed (He’s a keeper, right? For some reason though, when I’m mid-way through my well-rehearsed story about how we met and how in luuurve we are, the bit that people get caught up on is the fact that he’s Muslim... I was christened as a baby, my grandma still has the puffy white gown that I wore, and we go to church on Christmas morning, but like many girls in their 20s, I wouldn’t say that religion plays a significant part in my day to day life.

On the other hand though, following Islam plays a more prominent role for my boyfriend’s.

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"A woman is married for four reasons, i.e., her wealth, her family status, her beauty and her piety.

One day Miriam picked up her old Bible, and a few months later, re-embraced her commitment to Christ.