While the romantic attraction that provided the initial sparks may help them blend into the American cultural landscape, there's a negative stigma in the Muslim community that they married for love."People always say, 'Was it a love marriage or an arranged marriage?
' " says Begg-Latif, trailing off as she searches for the right words."It has connotations in the community," interjects Latif.
Shazad Latif is a British actor, who starred as Tariq Masood in the BBC TV series Spooks, Clem Fandango on Toast of London, and Dr. Born in London of mixed Pakistani, English and Scottish descent, Latif grew up in Tufnell Park, North London.
He was most recently cast as Chief of Security in the CBS All Access' new television series Star Trek: Discovery.
It was an all-American college moment on the Michigan State University campus in East Lansing: Tosif Khatri was laughing and chatting with two fellow students – both women – as they walked to a local cafe. "Not that it's any of my business or anything like that," the cousin said, "but are you, like, hanging out with girls right now? it's nothing silly or anything like that, it's just for the sake of a student event," Khatri recalls.
It was his cousin calling to invoke a bit of the family's old country Indian-Muslim traditions.
He studied at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and performed in many stage productions including King Lear, playing Cornwall, and Richard Sheridan's comedy School for Scandal, as Joseph Surface.
Under Islamic law, nikah is a legal marriage that entitles couples to all the privileges of marriage.Haram or not, outings like this happen increasingly among American Muslims as they integrate into the US.Reactions like Khatri's watchful cousin's illustrate the challenge young Muslim men and women face trying to interact, let alone "date."The careful rules that dictate male-female interaction and courtship quite simply can't be applied in the US as they are in predominately Muslim countries.The result: US Muslims are pioneering ways to read Muslim rules in ways that make sense in an American context.While Muslim courtship rules vary around the globe – from arranged marriages (possibly never seeing your partner's face before the wedding night) to looser versions (spending time with each other in the company of family) – most Muslims would agree that a guy and a girl going out alone doesn't fly.