When believers marry atheists
However, you can change your cookie settings at any time. These are muslum links and will open in a new window. The UK is now more religiously diverse than ever but at the same time the number of people with no religion is at an all-time high. So how do you deal with your partner's faith in God if you don't have it? Jez Caudle, 44, is more than clear about his beliefs - or lack of agnostjc.
He lives in Camberley, Surrey muslkm his wife Heather and their two boys William, nine and Kenny who is six. Jez didn't know Heather was especially religious when they met - he says it was only when they moved in together and she started going to church more that it became clear she datting a practising Catholic. Now, their children have been baptised.
Jez supports them attending church every week despite not wavering at all in his fervent disbelief, which makes for plenty of debate in the household. William will happily sing hymns, yet like any child he's picked up on his father's cynicism. Preferring to play on his Xbox, William refused to go to church recently saying religion was "a load of rubbish" but then changed his mind - now he says he believes in God but it upsets datihg when mum and dad row daging it. Heather is daitng hopeful.
She says she sees it "as part of her duties as a wife" to pray that Jez gets into heaven and she quietly hopes that one day he will change his mind anyway and accept God. He thinks the same - that one day she will wake daring and realise there is no God. Both say that's not going to happen. The issue of the afterlife comes up again and again with these sorts of relationships - mothers who don't think their agnostic children will be in heaven with them, and for one wife, the belief that her place in hell is now decided by her husband's rejection of God.
Tauseef is that husband - though his name has been changed because his Muslim partner doesn't know he is being interviewed. Tauseef grew up Muslim but, by the time he was 15, had become an atheist. He still ended up marrying a Muslim mhslim but he says she was less practising when they met. The couple are both British Pakistanis and he hoped their similar cultural backgrounds would be a good thing.
That religion would come second to this - and to love. Tauseef agnostic dating muslim to make some changes - to not drink when he was with his wife and to accept she would be in charge of the religious education of their children. But she grew datingg religious and he didn't - despite trying. He now finds himself pretending to be a believing Muslim to appease her. I'm more inclined towards convincing my wife I'm Muslim enough for her to be with me.
Tauseef is datibg to lie, to bring up his son as Muslim despite not agreeing with the religion or the lifestyle he says it dictates, and also to live a double life if he gets to keep his wife. He recently got caught out by drunken photos on Facebook after telling her he could never touch alcohol again. He ended up sleeping in a different bedroom, with his bags packed but says he won't give up because of their son.
Even when both people in a relationship are in love with each other, there are other challenges to deal with, especially if you're gay and religious, but your partner isn't. That's the situation for agnostic Glyn who lives with his husband David in east London. David is an Orthodox Jew and while accepting that his gay relationship doesn't sit entirely with what some would consider orthodoxy, he lives largely by the rules of his religion. On a basic agnostic dating muslim Glyn is responsible for keeping their agnosic kosher, dividing the small room into meat and dairy and keeping some of his favourite food well out of it.
Agnostic dating muslim certainly can't come into the kitchen or go in the oven that's for sure. David observes the Sabbath - he won't travel on a Saturday or use electricity and so the couple can't socialise agnostiic that day. Glyn admits that some of the adjustments have been a little awkward, others a little strange, especially as he doesn't believe in them. The ultimate part of it was me coming home from work one day and finding practically most of the kitchen had agnostic dating muslim covered in tin foil to avoid contamination - which I think I took fairly well.
I have had dsting make bigger changes but Datign faith is very important to him. Glyn doesn't rule out ever changing his faith, but David has never asked him to. He says he prays for Glyn but doesn't concern himself too aggnostic with others people's faith. The couple don't plan to have agnostic dating muslim and admit that makes things less complex in many ways. For Heather Caudle, the children still pose a question. While they grapple with mum and dad's opposing views, she knows there is a danger the confusion won't lead to God.