If you have a Muslim partner and practise another religion, there are certain steps you can take to ensure a successful relationship even with your partner's family
Most adults know how challenging it is dating someone from a different religion especially when faith becomes a defining factor in the adult's life.
Dating from another religion sometimes have been known to cause conflicts and stress within a relationship and each person's family.
But making an interfaith relationship work is not impossible, especially when done with a sincere heart and mind.
If you have a Muslim partner and practise another religion, there are certain steps you can take to ensure a successful relationship even with your partner's family.
Collated by Beliefnet, here are 5 things you can do when dating a Muslim:
Ask Questions: Ask your date about their Muslim faith. What do their practices and values entail? Learn your date's dedication to religion - this will help you get a sense of how your life would be in marriage and how their family will receive you as a non-Muslim.
Research: Get familiar with the Muslim religion outside of conversations with your partner. Read books, search the web and magazines on dating a Muslim and discover the meanings behind Muslim traditions and rules. Find out what is socially accepted and how the family will be view your relationship.
Prepare Yourself: Brace yourself and be prepared for resistance from your partner's community, family or friends. Some people will have a difficult time accepting a non-Muslim into their circle and family members may initially be stand-offish. Voice your concerns to your partner and be honest about your own fears. Learning to accept that other people may be unhappy with your relationship will be something you must accept.
Make an Effort: Show respect for your partner's Muslim traditions, family, friends and community at all times. Be receptive and make an effort to put yourself out there. Your partner will appreciate your efforts and understanding. You don't want to give the family a reason to shun you - stay positive and give the family time to warm up to you.
Talk to Professionals: Speak to a professional who can help put your feelings and opinions into perspective. Seek out a relationship therapist, reach out to others and talk about your challenges. This extra measure will help you understand your feelings, the Muslim family's values and your relationship. If you know of people who've dated Muslims, get their advice. They may be able to provide you with a fresh perspective based on their prior experiences.