Muslim men are very passionate about their beliefs and their traditions and many people will see this as a highly attractive quality.
Many African American Muslims are converts and do not have Muslim relatives who can help with the process.
A few years ago, Magid, imam of the All Dulles Area Muslim Society in Sterling, started something new: required premarital counseling for people who marry at the mosque.
Another important point though is that while Muslims are allowed to date non-Muslims, they are told to date 'women of the book' meaning Christians or Jews.
It is expected for there to be a shared belief in a single God, though this will depend again on the personal discretion of the man.
"Generation gaps, cultural differences when people from the United States marry someone from overseas, interfaith marriage -- the issue of marriage is one of the most important in Islam here right now," Magid said.
"Anytime there is a program at the mosque about these things, it's completely packed." A commonly discussed problem is the surplus of single Muslim women.As imam of one of the Washington region's largest mosques, Mohamed Magid counsels married couples, including those with a problem he sees among Muslim Americans: husbands and wives who were virtual strangers before they wedded.Islamic practice bans unsupervised dating, and in transient 2008 America, traditional Muslims may wind up far from families who once oversaw the connection of two single people.His wife recently launched a singles program meant to honor modesty and cut to the chase: participants meet in groups to discuss scriptural problems, read stories, and make lists of what they think are the most important characteristics for a Muslim wife or husband in the United States.Although premarital counseling and singles programs are common for some faith groups, they are new in U. mosques, placing Magid and his wife on the vanguard of a drive to update Muslim practices and institutions surrounding marriage.Dating a Muslim is generally just like dating anyone else a varied and unpredictable experience that can vary widely depending on the guy's individual personality.