In this counseling answer:
•Arranging a meeting between both families will give them the chance to get to know each other for who they are rather than judging them by their perceptions of the beliefs held by an alternative sect.
•You can also go and meet her family and her yours alone so that they can get to know you individually for who will be potentially marrying their child. They want to be confident that their child is marrying a good person who will care for them in the best way.
Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatulahi wa barakatuh,
We often read stories of people wanting to marry from another culture or even another religion and how this causes problems with the parents who do not wish to see this marriage happen. The same kind of thing would apply in this situation.
Firstly, try and understand things from their perspective. Think about why they are not ready to accept this marriage. Most likely they fear their child going astray being influenced by their spouse; being lead astray to beliefs that are incompatible with what they believe to be the truth.
As your parents, they have done their best to give you the best upbringing and unlike you with the correct manners and beliefs and would be devastated if this were to be taken away from you.
Parents Refuse Marriage
They know from experience how influential ones spouse can be and how little effort it would take from tour furor wife to convince you of other than what they have raised you under. This can even happen without purposefully trying to sway someone to believe otherwise.
So, you see, if you try and see things from their perspective, you can understand why they would be concerned about you marrying someone from a different sect who hold slightly different beliefs to you. Understanding this will place you in a better position to approach them more successfully about the matter.
Further to this, there are some other steps you can take to move things forward.
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Arranging a meeting between both families will give them the chance to get to know each other for who they are rather than judging them by their perceptions of the beliefs held by an alternative sect. Who knows, perhaps they could even be a positive influence on each other in guiding them to the correct beliefs. Often people can be clouded by misconceptions that can easily be rectified through simple dialogue. Perhaps it may take some time, or a few meetings to overcome this, but if the marriage to succeed in the long run, this would be very helpful.
Additionally, you can also go and meet her family and her yours alone so that they can get to know you individually for who will be potentially marrying their child. They want to be confident that their child is marrying a good person who will care for them in the best way. After all, then is who they are entrusting them to for life, in sha Allah. This confidence will make them more willing to accept the proposal also and feel more comfortable with the situation.
Also, make sure to make istikhara regularly about this marriage asking Allah to guide you forward with it if is good for you and your Deen, or to turn your heart away from it if it is not.
This may all take a bit of time and convincing, but if you are serious and it is meant to be then the results will be positive in the end, in sha Allah.
May Allah grant you a righteous spouse who will be the coolness of your eyes in this life and the next.
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