The possibility that it might change in the direction of rigour, a change that some claim is already happening, does not alter the logical point, that Islam does not always consume those who profess it to the exclusion of all else.
Surveys in France have found that more than half of French Muslims feel that their primary identity is French rather than Islamic.
A fifth of Muslims in France marry out of the religion, and while it is possible that some of them require the conversion of their spouses as a condition of marriage, it is also likely that many of them are expressing an indifference to their religion by their choice of marriage partner.
Of course, the meaning of survey evidence is not always clear.
The ‘marriage events’ organised by the Islamic Circles take place at Bircbeck College, in central London, usually on Sundays. Mirzan Raja, the organiser, has run the Islamic Circle for the past 12 years.
But the watchdog did highlight a lack of school trips and formal sex education and admitted there are "no first-hand experiences to enable students to extended their empathy with differing cultural groups in society both at home and overseas".This was not there in North America before the Second World War.The women used to wear long chaste dresses and their dating did not involve the close intimacy that we see today.On the poster installed at the entrance of the room, one can read: “Don’t date! Mirzan has been a board member of a shariah council a while back: it is this experience that made him aware of the need for such a service as more and more Muslims are getting divorced nowadays – a fact that reflects a broader trend within the general British population.However, match making, even under an Islamic framework, remains controversial: Mirzan admits receiving regular threats from Muslims who consider his activity haram (illicit) and contrary to Islam.