- Muslim men love showing off their ''bling." This is mostly cultural (typical to Arabs), meaning that a man has to mention and confirm all he has achieved, otherwise it will go unnoticed.
- Muslim women are expected to be submissive, cook, clean and to be a good wife. This is very common to older generations, and it’s actively changing and is highly uncommon among younger generations. Nowadays, men appreciate other traits in a woman, i.e. how she carries herself, what she has achieved, education, and job, etc.
Like any culture, Muslim culture has its specific characteristics, which impact dating and family life as well. Among the common stereotypes mentioned above, there are some that one has to pause to think whether they are really pointing out gaps or ''faux pas-es'' in their culture, or, in fact, the opposite. An example of it can be the stereotype about Muslim men being jealous and possessive, which even Muslim women state is true, mentioning that this is the common attitude of men who are truly in love with their girlfriend and do not want to share her with anyone else. Muslim women point out that deep in their heart they expect and want their man to be jealous, and if he is not, they start worrying whether his feelings are really true and deep.
Another verified stereotype is Muslim man spoiling the woman ''as if there is no tomorrow''. Muslim women elaborate that if they dare to touch the bill in the restaurant, there will even be a war: that’s how insulted they become!
Any woman of any background will be happy to be treated like this. However, with these ''obviously optimistic'' stereotypes come also ones that are annoying to others, but never to those who know why they do that.
An instance of this is a common stereotype of Muslims, especially Arabians, being very loud and sounding angry when talking on the phone. That’s true, they are loud, but not because they are angry. It is because they are passionate, and want to reach their emotions to the other person, by not leaving any room for ''suspicions''.
Whatever stereotypes there are, whether true or not, there is one fact everyone confirms to be right, which warms the heart of even the most stone-hearted and suspicious person.
That is that the whole Muslim culture, especially in South-East Asia and Middle East, is built on an immense and unconditional generosity. Their hospitality is unlimited when you are welcomed as a guest: you are honored with a huge variety of foods and drinks, high-quality almonds, offered the host’s bed to sleep in (while they gladly sleep on the floor), and most importantly, share a lot of time with you and show they are honored to have accepted you as a guest. This is exactly how families of a couple get to meet each other, spend time together, and after some time, consider each other relatives. And when you start dating a Muslim, this is what you can anticipate from her/him, as they carry their culture inside, and always offer the best, and sometimes even more of what they have to. You will feel the deep respect from day one!
To sum up, all boundaries people create both within and between each other are, in fact, an illusion that can be eliminated just by a smile and a kind word.