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“He Isn’t Arab, You Can’t Marry Him” - My Parents Said

“He Isn’t Arab, You Can’t Marry Him” - My Parents Said

In this counseling answer: • Your parents can’t force you to marry or not marry the person that they want. • Take time to consider your options and revisit them time and time again. Assalamu alaikum wa Rahmatullah wa barakatuh sister, The situation you are in is very common. Unfortunately, families often want their members …

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 …

Boyfriend Can’t Marry Me Because I’m a Non-Muslim

Boyfriend Can’t Marry Me Because I’m a Non-Muslim

In this counseling answer: • While her mother does have an Islamic standing on your not being Muslim, she has no standing in Islam regarding your ethnicity. • The best situation would be that you see the light of Islam and take shahada. That would mean that you would revert to Islam and be a …

He Says He Loves Me, But I Wish to Run Away

He Says He Loves Me, But I Wish to Run Away

In this counseling answer: • Have you done istekhara a few times? Maybe you should if you haven’t done it yet. • You should sit down and make a list of the things you like and dislike about him. • You also have to see if you are attracted to him and if you both get along. …

I Must Marry Someone From My Tribe

I Must Marry Someone From My Tribe

In this counseling answer: • A person with taqwa will be a good spouse regardless of what tribe they come from. Your parents need to understand this. • Take someone who can support you. • Arrange a meeting between the two families. Wa Alaikum salaam wa rahmatulahi wa barakatuh brother, Masha Allah, this does almost seem like …

A Convert: My Fiancé’s Family Doesn’t Consider Me a Muslim

A Convert: My Fiancé’s Family Doesn’t Consider Me a Muslim

In this counseling answer: • If your parents force you to do something against Islam, then you do not have to obey them. • You could go ahead without the support of your families or abandon the relationship altogether and seek marriage elsewhere. • Make istikhara and ask Allah to guide you to make the best choice. Wa Alaikum …

Raising Multilingual Children: Will They Have Difficulties?

Raising Multilingual Children: Will They Face Difficulties?

In this counseling answer: Often when children are raised in a multilingual atmosphere, they may be slow to learn at first, butThey eventually do catch up and excel. The counselor advises to encourage them to use the languages around the home so they become familiar with using different languages in real life situations. Wa ‘Alaikum …

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Ten Things I Learned Being in an Inter-Cultural Marriage

I’ve been in an inter-cultural marriage for about 10 years Alhamdulillah. When I first got married and after the honeymoon phase had worn off, the cultural shock was really difficult to bear. It is hard enough when two people from the same culture get married because they still have to adapt to each other and …

I No Longer Accept to Be His Secret Wife

I No Longer Accept to Be His Secret Wife

In this counseling answer: “I would suggest that you both do it in private first, with his parents alone on a casual day. It will be surprising to them but do it slowly so they are able to digest it. It is his parents and he should be gentle and careful so he doesn’t come across …

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Intercultural Marriage: Muslim Women Narrate Their Stories

Sister Maryam remembers five years ago when her brother came to her after her wedding and narrated something he had heard at her nikaah . One of the guests was overheard telling another guest, “How could her father allow her to marry that man.” That man was her husband and he was an Egyptian. Sister …



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