Cue me, a little vegetarian hijabi entering his life.
And in the middle of it is your average hijab-wearing girl who just wants to listen to some trap music, contour like a Jenner, and not be asked her political views or ISIS every time she leaves her house.
Can a girl breathe — or better yet, can she get a date? When you wear a hijab, something as simple as getting a cup of coffee in the morning can turn into a political statement, and navigating romance isn't much easier.
The problem with dating as a Muslim woman is almost always one of culture than religion.
Having tried the ‘marriage experiment’ once, I know that religion doesn’t play a role in the day-to-day, but culture definitely does. It’s not about whether the guy opens the door for you or whether he picks up the tab at dinner.
Q: If there was one story you wanted non-Muslims to read, what would it be? That really challenged my assumptions around what that means.
I love Aisha's story: There is a sense that Muslim women have arranged marriages or don't really know their partners when they get married.
I have a confession to make: I am a huge romantic comedy junkie.
Having watched almost every Hollywood romantic comedy produced after 1995, a huge part of me used to wish that my life would somehow pan out the same way as these lead female characters.
Finally, we would have a climactic moment at a beautiful park, in front of a famous landmark, or the first place we met, and we would share a fireworks-inducing kiss (with real fireworks behind us) right before the credits began to roll. While my friends were ‘going steady’ then breaking up, I’d sit on the sidelines and silently disapprove.
That used to be my fantasy until I realised several things: 1. At the same time, I was expected to get married someday and fulfill half my deen, so it was all quite confusing for me.
In between religious fanatics who use hijab as a way of categorizing women into good girl vs.