Advice for dating an arab man
Premarital sex in the Muslim religion is strictly forbidden.
Since dating (in the Western sense) involves actions like kissing and touching which ultimately result in premarital sex, Islamic scholars consider that dating is haram (forbidden).
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There is a lot of debate as to whether Muslims are allowed to date at all.
So, traditionally, marriages were arranged with the couple not having any unsupervised time together before the marriage – or possibly even meeting each other before the engagement.
Things are changing though, and especially in the Muslim immigrant communities.
One thing that hasn’t changed, however, is that protecting a woman’s virtue and reputation are of utmost importance when it comes to dating.
However, the concept of dating an Arab woman is different depending on the region and the information below may be helpful to any man interested in dating an Arab woman. Many Arab families, especially those from the Middle East and Gulf regions believe in arranged marriages and therefore most Arab women are not allowed to date before marriage.