Could you date someone who was of a different faith to you?
You meet someone via an online dating site. You enjoy several pleasant exchanges online, so you move on to telephone conversations.
Through your calls, you continue to discover how much you have in common. You both enjoy Thai food; you both thought Cupcake Brown’s A Piece of Cake was a harrowing read; and you both agree that Taraji P. Henson steals the show in TV drama Empire.
After numerous phone chats, you decide to meet up. Both keen to do a daytime date – and with a shared love of the arts – you agree to meet at museum, where there is an exhibition about West African history.
You meet, you hug excitedly and immediately, you feel the chemistry. As you walk around the exhibition, you chat and laugh as you admire the many items on display.
Suddenly, your date is struck by an image featuring the 18th Century freed African Muslim slave, Ayuba Suleiman Diallo. “I’ve always been fascinated by Diallo,” your date says. “It’s such a shame that kids aren’t taught about people like this – such important historical figures from my faith.”
Intrigued, you ask: “Your faith?”
“Yeah,” your date replies. “I’m a Muslim. Well, I wouldn’t say I’m devout like my parents are, but yeah…”
It suddenly dawns on you that in your many conversations, you and your date had never discussed religion. And then you consider your own Christian background.
Much like your date, you’re not exactly devout in your faith. In fact, the last time you went to church was five months ago for your cousin’s wedding. Plus, you really like your date and think they might be relationship material.
Still, you can’t help but wonder if pursuing romance might be a culture clash might be in the making.
Would you pursue romance with someone of a different faith? Is it an issue or no big deal? Tell us what you think.
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