Arab dating marriage
Even though in most of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region Valentine’s is a growing phenomenon, some countries and cultures, such as Saudi Arabia and Iran, strongly oppose it.Religious police enforce a ban claiming that it is a western import that incites immorality.He felt having healthy, non-sexual friendships would give his children the ability to make a good choice at the right time.He felt if young people brought a boy or girl home it would be a great way for parents to get to know them and give advice.Such restrictions and rules have lead young adults to rebel and form dating friendships behind their parents’ and churches’ back.By keeping relations secret, young adults cannot share their experience and be advised by their parents.
“The show was very clear at the beginning, that we were not talking about premarital sex,” Maggie says.Any idea of dating before engagement or marriage is frowned upon, from both Christian and non-Christian circles.In church circles, for example, a deeply conservative attitude is maintained, regarding friendship across the sexes before marriage.“at one point in their lives, they are expected to make a decision about who to marry.But how can they make a good decision with no experience!I teach her that she must be careful regarding other people touching her so as not to exceed the limits of privacy.” –Nermine “Dating doesn’t depend on age. Before dating, I must know the consequences so I can judge if the relationship is going in the right direction or not.” –Nardine “This isn’t what God wants.Earlier this week, R’n’B megastar Rihanna was photographed in a passionate cinch with an as-of-then unidentified man.“We were looking at the best way to establish healthy relationships between young men and women.” Rosette said her fellowship discouraged any one-to-one dating and mixed groups.She felt it is enough to learn from other people’s advice and experience until they are ready to get engaged.To address this issue, SAT-7 ARABIC’s program , recently produced a special episode dedicated to exploring the topic of love and dating in the MENA.Producer Maggie Morgan says: “In the Middle East, there is no dating. But in reality, what happens is that people date anyway behind the backs of the families and institutions – they mix and interact and get married because they know each other.” “They are not encouraged to mix at all,” Maggie explains.