Some people were super chill and others were not my type at all, but I never could have met this many people without the help of going online and asking my family and friends. I literally took a negative experience and turned it into a positive one.5.

I used to put a lot of stigma on those two avenues, but in this day and age, and especially as a Muslim looking for someone else who shares their faith, it’s practically mandatory.4. Don’t worry, you can reuse the date location if the food was good and have an awesome date with someone else. Don’t get hung up after a series of terrible first dates.

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Islam doesn’t permit drinking alcohol, so those 2-4-1 cocktails quickly become 2-4-YOU, which has its pros and cons.

On the one hand: hellooo margaritas; on the other hand, there’s the question of whether I have a moral obligation not to drink in front of him because he’s not allowed to. People have asked if it’s weird when we go out, and no, not it’s not.

Be wary of advice from people who tell you to dress and act a certain way.

Of course, have restraint and use discretion when revealing too much about yourself on a first date, but don’t put on a front either.

The down side was that I’d left it quite late to book, and you had to pre-order some of the Halal steak cuts two days in advance.

There were other steak dishes on the menu, and lots of other tempting meaty food.

He should be willing to wait all the way until marriage if that’s what you want him to do.

Sexting and early physical advances are huge red flags that show he isn’t serious at all. There’s no stigma in going online and letting your friends/family know you’re looking. Not all of us will meet our future spouse at a coffee shop by chance or at a party or through work/school.

Be authentic and present and know your own worth that can’t be shattered by anyone else’s opinion of you.2.