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I Feel Pressurized to Get Married

I Feel Pressured to Get Married

In this counseling answer: • Do not worry too much about it all. Your time will come too, and I am sure your brother will take responsibility for your wedding too. • Do not feel pressurized to get married to somebody you don’t want to marry. You are the one who will live with that person, …

I Changed My Mind; I Want to Refuse This Proposal

I Changed My Mind; I Want to Refuse This Proposal

In this counseling answer: • If you are not attracted to him and prefer someone else, then this may make it difficult to develop relations between the two of you. • If you choose to decline the existing proposal, be sure to be kind in doing so since arrangements have already been made. • Make …

He Seems to Be a Good Man, But I Dislike His Family

He Seems to Be a Good Man, But I Dislike His Family

In this counseling answer: • You can reject the proposal if your heart is not convinced about marrying that particular guy. • Wealth and a good status is not everything to look for in a marriage. Knowing the potential spouse’s personality, likes and dislikes are also quite important. • Be sure to set appropriate boundaries with …

I Married My Love to Escape from a Forced Marriage

I Married My Love to Escape from a Forced Marriage

In this counseling answer: “If your parents are calling you do something wrong, you have to respectfully decline and make your own choice, which you did. Yes, we have to be good to our parents, but the line sometimes needs to be drawn when it becomes oppressive and/or abusive and one’s God-given rights are taken away.” …

She was Forced to Marry; I'm Still Waiting for Her

She was Forced to Marry; I'm Still Waiting for Her

In this counseling answer: “Whilst forced marriage is unacceptable in Islam, she is still legally married and, therefore, currently impermissible for you. Even if she can divorce, you will then need to wait the period of ‘iddah before you can ask for her hand in marriage.” Wa ‘Alaikum Salaam wa Rahmatulahi wa Barakatuh dear brother, This is …

Mom Forces Me to Marry Instead of Going to College

Mom Forces Me to Marry Instead of Going to College

In this counseling answer: It is recommended that you take some time away from your parents if possible to get some space away from the unacceptable abuse that you face. This will also give you the time to think more rationally about the options you have available to you at the moment; agree to meet …

Middle-Eastern Marriages: Like a Lottery?

Middle-Eastern Marriages: Like a Lottery?

In this counseling answer: “My advice is to honor the cultural customs so long as they do not infringe on the clear Islamic guidelines I have mentioned above. In case that happens, you must be open and communicate your needs to your family. You need to remind them and present to them the Islamic evidence for …

He Dreams to Marry Me; I Don’t

He Dreams to Marry Me; I Don’t

In this counseling answer: • If you want him to move on, then to continue to pray and make du’aa’ for the situation. • Cut all contact with him. Assalamu alaikum wa Rahmatullah wa barakatuh sister Firstly, well done for walking away from haram. May Allah reward your good intentions. The best thing you can do …

They Forced Me to Marry My Cousin

They Forced Me to Marry My Cousin

In this counseling answer: • Talk to your parents further about this and go with them to consult and seek advice from a local Imam or religious scholar. • Before you do anything at all, we urge you to learn about the Istikharah (supplication for guidance) Prayer. As-Salamu `Alaykum,  Thank you so much for writing to us …

Forced to Marry Someone You Don't Like? Here is What to Do

Forced to Marry Someone I Don't Like... What to Do?

Are you being forced to marry someone you don’t like? Unfortunately, some families don’t care about their children marriage preferences. But, Islam does not accept forced marriage. If either of the persons involved is unhappy with the set up, they hold the right of rejecting the proposal. Nonetheless, forced marriages continue happening all over the world. So, …



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