For those like myself who choose to limit their selection, the possibilities exponentially decrease.

I am a Nigerian-American Muslim, and now that I am older and more serious about settling down, I have restricted myself to only dating other Muslims.

The South Asian and Arab communities that immigrated in the 80s and 90s have established themselves in various professions in the US as doctors, store owners, engineers, taxi drivers, and so on.

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The same questions that a Joe Schmoe on Coffee Meets Bagel has to navigate are very similar to the ones Muslims ask themselves when looking for a partner.

Questions of chemistry, physical attraction, intellectual compatibility, and life goals are all present.

She began by saying “I’m so sorry but,” which is never a good sign.

She continued to say that the reason for the hold-up was that the girl was trying to talk to her parents first.

Currently, there are over one billion Muslims worldwide; however, the numbers are far lower in the U. with Muslims only making up an estimated one percent of the population or about 3.35 million people.

From the way the American conservative media depicts our impending takeover with sharia law, one would think that we were much more numerous.

Kumail Nanjiani and Aziz Ansari are at the top of their game right now.

With the release of The Big Sick and the second season of Master of None, both have reached a level of success in their career that few South Asian actors have come close to.

However, the same post-mosque social group separation is not as apparent in second generation Muslims compared to first immigrant Muslims.

Perhaps because of a more shared American identity, or perhaps because of more interaction and inclusion in college spaces, but social gatherings today are not as divided along ethnic lines as they were in the past.

After trying to talk to her parents about the idea of being introduced to me, she said her parents were not budging on the “racial issue.” To clarify on what she meant by that, I said, “So her parents didn’t want her to talk to me because I am Black.” My friend was quite apologetic over the phone after confirming this as the reason, but she deserved no blame in this situation as she was just trying to help a brother out.