"Dating" as it is currently practiced in much of the world does not exist among Muslims.Young Muslim men and women (or boys and girls) do not enter into one-on-one intimate relationships, spending time alone together and "getting to know one another" in a very deep way as a precursor to selecting a marital partner.Because of the nature of my work in the tourism sector, I am used to hearing that this or that country has issued a travel warning to its citizens who plan on traveling to Egypt, especially in the aftermath of an attack.Naturally, most warnings address safety and security issues, and some warnings dedicate a section or two to hygiene and harassment.Of course if their goal of marriage is to just obtain a visa then that is the biggest red flag. And it doesn’t matter if Egyptian men read these tests and attempt to con you by pretending to be ethical.
They warned him that I would corrupt his children and reminded him that I was from a different religion.“He swept me off my feet with his sweet words, compliments, attentive gestures, romance, and warmth; he was a god compared to European men, who are often distant, reserved, and not very emotional. Bit by bit, I began opening up too and, against my better judgment, I gave up all my defenses.In three months, he asked me to marry him, and in my culture this is a very serious step."Letters from Egypt," a blog discussing becoming acclimated in Egyptian society after moving from the US in 2008, along with the lessons and adventures I stumbled upon during my nearly seven years there.“My Mohamed is Different,” or MMD, as told to me by a friend of mine regarding foreign women dating Egyptians (alternately, I prefer MAD - My Ahmed is Different).