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They admire American culture and cannot escape the societal pressure to date early.
However, they are fully aware of the risks of getting found out.
But they don’t bring their partners home to interact with their parents.
“They meet up during school [because] it’s a lot easier,” Shoukfeh said. It would be pretty hard if it was someone outside of school.” The boys fear judgment by their peers so they don’t share details about how physical the relationships get.
Ibrahim Mossallam, director of the Muslim American Youth Center in Brooklyn, N.NEW YORK (WOMENSENEWS)– Before posting pictures of her boyfriend, 17-year-old Sania Iqbal blocked all her Muslim family members from her social media page.It wasn’t until a younger cousin took a screen shot that captured the images that she realized she wasn’t as covert as she thought she was.Y., says teens who date secretly are grappling with their identity as Muslims.“They are going to want to hide their religion because it’s easy to be a target as a Muslim,” Mossallam said.
“I learned not to trust anybody because that is how rumors are started,” Iqbal said. I know I can trust him more than anyone.” Other teens struggle to advise friends tangled up in this same way between faith and love.