Islam and dating

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And I feel likeā€¦ woah. But on the other side, when it comes to culture, you're black or you're Muslim. So where do you win?

Islam and dating

October is Black History Month, and he feels black Muslims can be forgotten in events and celebrations. Kha'llum, from Birmingham, England, senses the tension when it's time to meet a family member of someone he likes. And his experiences mean he's starting to second guess whether he should look for someone outside of his race.

Issues such as fetishization, discrimination and colourism were outlined, with some black members feeling that they were not represented in the online dating space. For year-old Kaya, she relates to those issues as a black Muslim woman in the dating world. She feels there are some cultures which discriminate against black Muslims. Everyone's entitled to their preferences, but it does hurt. The experiences Kha'llum and Kaya have had in dating mirror what things can be like in wider society for black Muslims.

Kha'llum, who was born a Muslim, says people "tend to look at me in another way", and he often gets asked when he converted to Islam.

Islam and dating

Zainab Hassan, a makeup influencer, feels like "you have to perform to prove you're Muslim" as a black person, which isn't the case for others. I feel like since I started wearing my hijab, I'm visibly Muslim," the year-old from Manchester says. Zainab says there is "an anti-blackness" within some Muslim communities. Kaya is a convert to Islam and is sad such discrimination exists, saying her devotion to Islam is no less than those born into the faith. There are certain expectations that individuals and families have that aren't Islamic, but cultural.

She says her ex-husband's family caused issues because they were "not happy with the fact he married a black woman, but I couldn't hide that I was black". For proper change, Kha'llum feels spaces for only black Muslims are really important.

Islam and dating

Kaya thinks there needs to be more representation to make Muslim spaces more inclusive for Black Muslims. Zainab feels Muslim organisations could be doing more, but it's also the responsibility of people in society. And she thinks having black Muslim-only spaces doesn't have to create division.

Our black identity doesn't have to go, nor does being Muslim," she adds. Listen to Newsbeat live at and weekdays - or listen back here. Talking about sex to my Punjabi mum. Image source, Kha'llum. And he's not alone. Image source, Zainab Hassan. Related Topics. Published 25 March Published 24 October Published 22 August

Islam and dating

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