The day I came to realise that there is no precedent for this, I started to relax a lot more about it.
Whether you are first or second generation British or just have traditional parents, guess what?
There is so much value in having friends of the opposite sex and, in turn, dating before settling down, if not just as an exercise to learn more about yourself.
As a British woman, it seemed perfectly natural to want to explore my curiosities and fascinations with the world of boys.
Dating before marrying my husband taught me compassion and respect for other people.
It taught me how to be emotionally available and to respect my own values and principles as well as the values and principles of others. Food, conversation, my possessions and, eventually, my heart.
For many Muslims singles dating can be a difficult balance between their own wants and those of their family or society.
Muslim blogger The Imposter has first hand experience of the conflicts which can arise between the search for love and the pressures of tradition.