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Families have an extremely strong influence on their children – even from across the ocean!!”To give you an idea of how strong tradition is, I know from Muslim backgrounds who religiously fasts during Ramadan.There is a lot of debate about whether it is halal or haram for Muslim women to date outside of the faith.The general conservative opinion is that it is forbidden, since the faith is passed down through the man.
In an interview for Huffington Post Live, Palestinian-Muslim comedian Zahra Noorbakhsh joked about her relationship with an atheist man, and how her parents came to accept it. Then, when those alarm bells started ringing as she got older, they just wanted her to get married.
Before you dismiss this as weird, consider how many atheists from Christian backgrounds put up Christmas trees each year.
Traditions are part of the fabric of our lives, and it is hard to let them go. As Zeba Iqbal says of this little voice, it leaves them very self-conscious and uncomfortable interacting with each other.
Everyone is part of a family, a people group, and/or a community.
Decisions are made as groups, not individuals and pressure is put on by families.