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My Husband Ignores Me

My Husband Ignores Me

In this counseling answer: • When it came to anger, we were advised to control ourselves and it is better to be quiet than speak harsh words. • Cultural expectations and nuances around respect are different and the only way to reconcile this is to have clear and respectful communication. • Take the time to …

Intercultural Marriage: How Can I Get Along with My Husband’s Family?

Intercultural Marriage: How Can I Get Along with My Husband’s Family?

Salam Aleikom, In this counseling video, you will learn: Talk to your husband and learn about behaviors of his culture; are they normal or not? Analyze your own perceptions first of the situation Ask your husband to help and intervene It takes time for everyone to adjust to a new situation Watch more: Disclaimer: The conceptualization …

“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 …

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 …

Intercultural Marriage

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 …



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