The whole situation gave Iqbal, an Arab-Muslim who lives in Copiague, N. “I had to do everything behind my parents’ back [and] I didn’t like that,” she said.
Whether in response to an Islamic tradition that prohibits dating or to the desire to fit in with their peers, some Muslim teens are having relationships in secret.
Shoukfeh said his friends communicate with their girlfriends outside of school by sending text messages and talking on the phone.
While this provides practice at being with the opposite sex, it can also fray family and friendship bonds.
Although dating is off-limits for these religious Muslim teens, they are allowed supervised visits with a potential spouse, who they are encouraged to meet through their network of family or friends.
During the few recent years, a debate has been raging in the West about Muslim women's right to wear hijab in public.
Describing it as a religious symbol and not an obligatory dress code as Muslims believe, France has triggered the controversy in 2004 by adopting a bill banning the hair veil in state schools.