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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 …

Want to Get Married, but We're Still in College

Want to Get Married, but We're Still in College

In this counseling answer: “Since you say you are ready to discuss the proposal with your family, you might go to them first. If there is someone in your family whom you feel particularly comfortable with, approach him first and explain the situation. This will help you to feel comfortable to discuss the matter with other family …

I Can’t Have Children; I’m So Depressed

We Can’t Have Children; I’m So Depressed

As-Salamu ‘Alaikum sister, As women, we have this natural drive and desire to have children and nurture them. When placed in a situation that deprives us of attaining what we desire (not just having children, but anything), then naturally this will lead to frustration and feelings of upset, which can have an impact on relations …

After 2 Years of Engagement, Shall I Still Wait for Him?

After 2 Years of Engagement, Shall I Still Wait for Him?

Answer: Wa ‘Alaikum Salaam sister, Alhamdulillah, it is pleasing to read that you are doing all you can to get closer to Allah (swt). It is also good to read when someone is guided to the straight path of Islam and is even willing to give up their career if it is not in line …

Feeling Like a Slave at My In-Laws' Home

Feeling Like a Slave at My In-Laws' Home

In this counseling answer: Give your (ex)husband the time that he says he needs to think things through. You need to also reflect on what’s happened and work on your relationship with Allah (swt). At this point, don’t place any unnecessary pressure on him. Use this as an opportunity to improve your relationship with Allah (swt). This will …

Dealing with Cultural Differences in a Marriage

Dealing with Cultural Differences in a Marriage

In this counseling answer: • A way to overcome this is to educate each other about your different cultural backgrounds. Talk to each other about traditions within your cultures and expectations for the man and the woman or treatment of others, for example. • Never lose hope that Allah (swt) will see you both through, …

Good Advice Before You Enter an Intercultural Marriage

Good Advice Before You Enter an Intercultural Marriage

In this counseling answer: • It is best to start your marriage to this woman on a good footing by asking Allah’s (swt) forgiveness. • Engage in Islamic studies together. • Make clear from the very start your expectations of her. As-Salamu ‘Alaikum brother, May Allah (swt) grant you a happy marriage together. The first …

Should I Tell My Son about his Real Father and at What Age?

In this counseling answer: “whether you chose to tell him sooner or later be prepared that he may start to act out and rebel so be prepared to support him emotionally in a sensitive way to protect him from this backlash. Let him know how much you and the whole family love him so that he will …

Discovered My Husband Has Been Cheating on Me

Discovered My Husband Has Been Cheating on Me

In this counseling answer: • It is advisable to be very careful not to fall into the trap of constantly accusing him, otherwise, you will make for a very uncomfortable environment at home. • Try asking your local imam to mediate between the two of you together. • Take care of yourself; do things that …

Islamic Cure for OCD

Islamic Cure for OCD

In this counseling answer: • Symptoms of OCD can be a result of Shaytan’s whispers. • Keep yourself busy in acts of worship, and keep Allah (swt) in mind in everything you do. As-Salamu ‘Alaikum dear sister, Indeed, OCD or symptoms of OCD, regardless of if there is an actual diagnosis of OCD, can be very distressing when …



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