I would like to touch upon a certain topic that I take to heart. My wife and I have been together for over a decade and I am only thirty years old! This is because religious subscription and faithful belief in a God does not rank atop my list of qualities that I aim to find in a suitable life-long soul mate. Yet, choosing a wife or husband based on religious views is important to billions of people across the world.
Today, I was discussing my relationship with a close friend of mine who is Muslim, and of course, had no knowledge of my Atheism. He had just broken the heart of a young woman who was a beautiful person inside and out. He was respectful in the sense that he did not allow himself to succumb to temptation, purely for religious reasons. While he had participated in sexual embracing with her he had not even once completed the sexual journey, for a lack of a better description. He loved her. She loved him back, so much so that she was willing to convert to Islam in order to be with him. She began reading books on Islam to learn about its culture; music, food, and customs. Yet, for all her effort at the end, she stood no chance. My friend’s love for Allah was strong enough to force him to end the relationship because he could not put aside the fear of a possible reversal of her faithful leap to Islam in the future.
My friend gave up what might have been the journey of a lifetime with a loving, caring and accommodating soul mate for the improbable existence of a heavenly creator.