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Umm Zakiyyah

Umm Zakiyyah is the internationally acclaimed author of the If I Should Speak trilogy and the novels Realities of Submission and Hearts We Lost. To learn more about the author, visit ummzakiyyah.com or subscribe to her YouTube channel.

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Love

‘Muslims Don’t Fall in Love before Marriage’

“Muslims don’t fall in love before marriage,” the woman said proudly. “That’s something only non-Muslims do.” When I first heard this statement, I was confused. But maybe I was misunderstanding what the woman meant. Perhaps the woman was just saying that Muslims don’t have sex before marriage (or at least that they’re not supposed to). …

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polygamy

Before You Marry Me, No-Polygamy Clause Needed

“I hope you don’t plan on doing something like that,” I said. His smile faded. “Doing something like what?” “Marrying another wife.” He was quiet for some time. “Of course not.” “Good.” I folded my arms across my chest. “Anyway, I read that I can put a no-polygamy clause in my contract.” He nodded slowly. …

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desires

Righteous People Don’t Have Desires?

I remember when I first read the story of the marriage of Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, to Zaynab bint Jahsh, the divorced wife of his adopted son Zaid ibn Haritha, may Allah be pleased with them. Although I was relatively young when I happened upon this story, I was deeply moved. I remember …

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worship

Umm Zakiyyah: When Love and Worship Collide

From the Journal of Renee I returned from the masjid to my college dormitory room late Saturday night, shaken and moved.  I glanced at the clock.  It was three minutes after ten. Where had the time gone? I slowly shut my eyes, hoping to digest everything better that way. I let the events of the …

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Men

What Do Men Really Want? (Part Two)

Editor’s note: Interviewing a Muslim husband about what men generally want from their wives, we would like to post more of his answers in this second part of “What Do Men Really Want?” series. Find the interview below and share your input. Read part one What’s the solution when things go bad in a marriage? …

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