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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 …

Blessings in intercultural marriage

So Many Blessings in Intercultural Marriage

Read part one Read part two Read part three Read part four As mentioned in previous articles in this series, intercultural marriages can be challenging. They may even run into issues just getting started in the first place! Some potential spouses face opposition from friends and family, or have to overcome stereotypes to see the …

My Muslim Son Is Dating an Atheist

My Muslim Son Is Dating an Atheist

In this counseling answer: “Telling him to do and not do certain things may not necessarily help your relationship with him. This type of behavior may even push him away even more. Instead, attempt to invest in your relationship with your son long-term. Let him know that you are his loving mother who cares about him …

parenting in a mixed marriage

Parenting in Mixed Marriages

As part of an intercultural marriage you’ll need to learn how to navigate these differences and take all extended family opinions and advice with a grain of salt.

Communication Problems in My Intercultural Marriage

In this counseling answer: “My experience in working with many wives and couples over the years is that culture clash is rarely the actual problem. What is more often the problem is dealing with individuals who have an immature understanding of marriage and its commitments, and are emotionally and psychologically unprepared for a meaningful relationship with another individual.” …

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