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Exploiting the Innocent Girl

As salamu `alaykum, Dear sister, thank you for your question. Unfortunately, I do not feel qualified to answer your very interesting questions about marrying within one’s own ethnicity as I think that the question, from a fiqh perspective, should be answered by a more qualified individual because it involves interpreting and understanding the Sunnah of the Prophet …

why can't I marry whom I want

Why Can’t I Marry Whom I Want?

When Muslim youth of different cultural backgrounds become attracted to each other, there are typically at least two reactions from others.


Passion NOT Needed In Marriage?

Married couples have expectations within their marriage. Personal values, parental influence, culture and even media shape these expectations. For some, the media portrayal of relationships even in a cultural value system that is not their own, does nothing to deter their expectations of those same standards in their relationship. In fact, a study by Dr. …

The Story of the Woman who Wanted to Marry Moses

The Story of the Woman who Wanted to Marry Moses

What happens is that Moses is discovered by the two girls who he helps and he’s invited to their house to be paid for his services. He comes to the house and tells his entire story of about how he fled Egypt and he’s wanted for murder and he’s completely homeless and desperate.


My Marriage is Affecting Motherhood

Answer As-salamu `Alaikum dear, You are such a wise woman and seem to have dealt with this entire situation with a great deal of compassion, patience and wisdom. Of course I cannot tell you what decision to make, but I can add some ideas to the thoughts you already have. First, it is sad that …

Let’s Help the Youth Get Married

Let’s Help the Youth Get Married

What can we, as adult Muslim mentors, parents, teachers, and activists, do today, to make it easier for our youngsters to get married, and to also lead a happy married life?

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Youth Marriage: How Far Parents Shall Be Involved?

They say, “Youth is wasted on the young”. There is some degree of truth behind these words. Youth is that time of life that is bursting with energy and enthusiasm. It is charged with idealism, and fueled by a strong desire to pursue dreams in the pursuit of a bright and happy future, leaving no …


‘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). …

Marriage, an Obstacle to Fulfilling My Dreams

Marriage, an Obstacle to Fulfilling My Dreams

Answer: As-Salaamu ‘Alaykum wa Rahmatullah dear sister,  Thank you so much for your question and your honesty. It seems you really want to complete your education, but there have been obstacles in your way. Firstly, I would go to a doctor to speak about your depression. Sometimes, severe depression can be helped by some medication …


How to Make Marriage Decision?

As a practicing psychologist, I was once consulted by a brother in Turkey in need of immediate relationship advice. In summary, the brother’s “emergency” was that he had met a nice religious girl from a good family but was not attracted to her at all. He was under pressure from both his and her family …

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