So, there is this boy who sits in my class and he said he likes me. It is not acceptable to even date him let a lone talk to him. He keeps smiling at me in class (we sit on the same table (in class we have "team tables") and he sits across from me. He is a christian from Ghana. How do I ignore/ avoid him without being rude. Is it permissible to even act as a friend, I do not want to be mean. But I do not want to disobey Allah first and foremost.

At the same time, this person is a good person and I am hoping for him to become Muslim.

Jazaak Allah khair