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His Father Threatens to Cut Ties If We Marry

11 March, 2023
Q My partner is from Saudi, I'm Tunisian, we are both Muslim. We want to get married and when he spoke to his father about it his father went very angry. His father expects him to marry someone from Saudi, from a specific family. He said if he decides to be with me, he will call him his son anymore.


In Islam, marrying within a specific nationality or family is not a requirement for marriage. What matters is the religiosity and compatibility of the spouses.

Threatening your children with cutting ties unless they comply is un-Islamic and sinful.

Of course, respecting parents is a duty, but they also need to respect your Islamic rights before demanding obedience.

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Aisha has a PhD in psychology, an MS in public health and a PsyD. Aisha worked as a Counselor/Psychologist for 12 years at Geneva B. Scruggs Community Health Care Center in New York. She has worked with clients with mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, panic disorder, trauma, and OCD. She also facilitated support groups and provided specialized services for victims of domestic violence, HIV positive individuals, as well youth/teen issues. Aisha is certified in Mindfulness, Trauma Informed Care, Behavioral Management, Restorative Justice/ Healing Circles, Conflict Resolution, Mediation, and Confidentiality & Security. Aisha is also a Certified Life Coach, and Relationship Workshop facilitator. Aisha has a part-time Life Coaching practice in which she integrates the educational concepts of stress reduction, mindfulness, introspection, empowerment, self love and acceptance and spirituality to create a holistic healing journey for clients. Aisha is also a part of several organizations that advocates for prisoner rights/reentry, social & food justice, as well as advocating for an end to oppression & racism. In her spare time, Aisha enjoys her family, photography, nature, martial arts classes, Islamic studies, volunteering/charity work, as well as working on her book and spoken word projects.