Okay, so you’ve met the man of your dreams, and he’s totally into you, too. He speaks of faraway lands in a way that mesmerizes and he looks at you as though you’re the only woman on earth. The first thing to realize is that many Muslim men are on a “wife hunt.” As unromantic as that sounds, it is true.

He has an intensity that has swept you off your feet. Marriage is considered “half the religion” and most men are eager to settle down and start a family.

You should also realize that “being in love” is not considered a prerequisite to marriage in Islam. [/h] Another thing to consider is your own feelings about Islam.

That is not to say that your Muslim friend doesn’t care about you or even love you, but it isn’t necessary. Please do not make the mistake of assuming that religion is a minor detail– Islam is never minor.

For many Muslim couples, love is something that grows and develops over time. Islam is a major part of every aspect of life, and you must understand that going in.

Some Muslim men choose a potential spouse who meets certain criteria. Too many non-Muslim women are caught off-guard after the wedding.

As children get older, Muslim men often feel an urgent need to instill religion in them, especially if the wife is a non-Muslim.

Even if he doesn’t appear to be very religious, you should still learn about Islam.

If you marry a Muslim man, Islam will play a large part in your life, even if you have no intention of converting.

Another thing you should know is that many men become more religious after getting married.

Even non-practicing Muslim men often return to the faith with zeal after marriage. Whether you ever become Muslim or not, you will be expected to raise your children in the Islamic faith. Do not allow your feelings for this man to cloud your thinking. Are you okay with not sharing your faith with your children?