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In terms of religion, you can probably guess by now that I am incredibly liberal.
I have studied my religion and taken from it the salient points that I wish to live my life by and pass on to my children.
So, the traditional Pakistani and Muslim approach to marriage was never going to work for me.
I wanted the big, sweeping love story, star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet of it all (without the double suicide at the end, obviously).
I often liken the South Indian approach to dating to Georgian Britain. It is no wonder then that, when it comes to the world of dating, the Modern Muslim is left rather flummoxed.
The most important thing to hold on to is knowing who you are, what you believe in and what you want.As first generation children born in Britain, I don’t think my parents knew how to handle socialising us with the opposite sex and so the matter was often dealt with the way it typically was in Pakistan and Islam, through segregation of the sexes.For the record, I personally think this is the wrong approach and, on reflection, so does my mum.There is a clearly defined and unfaltering respect there, but quite a liberal approach in terms of everyday observance.Which brings me to: Conundrum the first- To date or not to date?
The day I came to realise that there is no precedent for this, I started to relax a lot more about it.