In case you missed it, Muslim Girl’s Founder Amani made a #HalalFirstDates Series with Muzmatch. After watching the series, you’re either going to come away with a lot of useful takeaways about dating — or a lot of material for memes. And, if you’re anything like me, then it’s absolutely the latter! (Because memes are life, duh!)
And since I’m experiencing a Valentine’s hangover, here’s a flashback to the top 10 most relatable moods from Amani’s Muzmatch dating experience.
Note: I’m starting off with the last episode because I’m a rebel, and I do what I want.
1. “Muslim Dating has been a struggle!”
This is the way I want to start the list because this is nothing but the truth.
To be honest and super frank with everyone, dating is an extreme sport — at least for me. It’s just not the vibe. It doesn’t work. This is a reminder for me that I just need to get back to my errands at this point.
2. “Basically, the biggest challenge for me has always been making the time — more reasons why I’m still single.”
I’ll frame this one and hang it on the wall because while I’m currently enjoying myself and writing this, there are a lot of duties in the background that I had to kiss goodbye!
I don’t even have the time to finish all of my errands; how am I supposed to make time for someone else? Now, this is a whole mood!
Dear pending errands, I wish you well.
3. “It actually took all the restraint that I had in me to not cut the date short right then and there when he asked me to remove my headscarf for him.”
I included this as proof that I could dissect some takeaways from the dating series. So here’s one:
When someone asks you to do anything you’re not comfortable with, don’t cut the date short immediately — use your footwear (preferably slippers), right then and there. You’re welcome!
4. “Maybe he can show me a whole new world!”
Who isn’t guilty of that thought, though? The suspense of wanting a new adventure, a brand-new start, crossing the threshold to a new fantasy in a totally different dimension… you know, all these thoughts that we need to flush in the toilet from time to time.
I’d like to hold Disney accountable for these unrealistic thoughts that they’ve stuffed in our brains.
5. “It’s giving… I don’t know what It’s giving — anyway.”
If this doesn’t sum up my life, I don’t know what will!
Like, have you ever watched a movie that you didn’t know what to think of? Have you ever listened to a new song, and you didn’t know if you loved it or hated it? Have you ever seen someone’s behavior, and you just didn’t know what to think of them any longer?
Trust me, this is my life summed up in one line.
6. “The whole reason why I’m doing this is so that I can keep an open mind…”
…Said every girl when she’s lowkey not convinced but is still trying to make it work anyway!
The truth is, we just want to jibe with the vibe and see how things will turn out. We don’t want to be judgmental because we know how unhealthy this can be, and we love accepting differences anyway.
7. “I think I may have been a little too judgmental! I actually really like him!”
Now, this is an exception. If we started to be judgmental, it’s because we got attracted to that person on a subconscious level, and so we’re just resisting that until we simply give in.
Guys, don’t take it personally. We get a little too judgmental if we initially got attracted so that we have an excuse to not like you. (We just want to get back to our comfortable lifestyle.)
Now the good news is, more often than not, we don’t hold onto those judgments if you prove yourself; we’re more than happy to dismiss them, actually.
8. “I kept calling him bro — my ass!”
In the grand scheme of things, if we call you “bro,” it’s either because we can’t get beyond that zone with you and take it to the next level, or it’s because we’re already beyond it and we’re just not “cheesy.”
It’s really that simple.
Okay, let’s not dive so deep into this. You just have to have chemistry; you just gotta feel it — NEXT!
9. “Men! What happened to romance and attraction?”
That’s a whole mood! Like, really, the number of times that we see men just acting like we’re one of the “boys.” It’s incredible!
But then, please don’t bombard us with romance when we don’t know each other. Like, you have to be clever and show your feelings, but without being overwhelming and creepy. (And please, don’t bring up angels in this. We’ll know your image of who we are is completely distorted.)
10. “I have so many questions!”
Sis, don’t we all! Whether we ask them or not, know that we have so many questions that we want answers to so that we can know if we’ll pursue the whole thing further.
And to be honest, it’s not just related to dating. We do have questions about everything we’re interested in. And getting those questions answered helps us make better decisions.