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Second Place Winner 2015 - Going on a Date... Yes or No?

Laila Qasem

Going on a Date... Yes or No?

 Laila Qasem

Today in this essay I will be talking to you about dating, you might be thinking... Why is this Muslim girl talking about dating? Well the reason I am today is to tell you my opinion about dating so now let me tell you about how I feel about this situation. This guy has asked me out but the thing is that he is so perfect, he is a gentleman, and the captain of the football team... but he also wants to learn more about Islam. Would I say yes or no? Personally I would say yes. Yes, I know you’re not supposed to date but in the Quran it states... ''Tell the believing to reduce (some) of their vision and guard their private parts. That is purer for them. Indeed, Allah is acquainted with what they do.'' 24:30 (Surat an Nur). '' And tell the believing women to reduce (some) of their vision and guard their private parts.'' 24:31 (Surat and Nur). With that being said I just wanted to say... yes I would accept his kind offer to go out on a date, because I don't think I will get to burning hell if I go out with a guy. The following statements above is talking about Sex I listed this, because I wanted to say that when I go out with this guy I will have rules and regulations I will have these, because I will not allow him to sexually touch me in any way shape or form. After a couple ''dates with no sexual involvement he tells me ''I'm very interested in Islam'' my first thought would be is he interested because, 1 he likes me or 2 he is actually wanting to learn more about Islam. I let this go on for the rest of the date, but I really do notice he actually likes Islam. What do I do? Do I talk about it more? Do I let him bring it up more? So finally I decide I want him to talk about it more, and so ironically he brings it up on the next date he says...''I've done some research and I think I want to change my religion to Islam'' I'm very happy he is thinking this, because now we could bond more. So I say to him, ''Are you doing this for me or for the sake of yourself'', and he says ''I'm doing this because I feel like this is the right decision'', and I smile politely at him. So you might have been confused throughout this whole story, but the main idea of that was to get you to see that everything might change in the end just because who you are. So in all reality, yes I'm going to go out with this guy. Not because of popularity, and not because I need to be known, but because I don't think I Laila Qasem will go to hell for going out with a guy. So thank you and I hope you understand this whole essay, because I really enjoyed telling you how I feel about going on a date.


Thank you and May Allah always be with you!