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Dealing with Family Stuff the Islamic Way

I can’t help but reflect on how we’d all wish to have the perfect family: every member of the family being God-conscious, parents fulfilling the rights of their children and vice-v...

A Muslim Love Story – Bridging Differences to Make a Marriage

“Tell him I miss him,” said my usually stoic dad as his fingers sheepishly drummed the steering wheel. Somewhat surprised, I repeated to my husband, “Babe, Papa is saying he misses...

'Divorced and Proud': How Arab Women Beat Social Stigma and Start a New Life

Divorced Arab women open up about their experiences and their refusal to give up, despite facing discrimination from their communities Fatima al-Khulaidi got married to her husband...

A Shade Less - Not Fair and Lovely

I remember when my second daughter was born with darker skin color than the rest of the family and I was made to feel as a mother that she was somehow less than my other daughter, ...

11 tips for Muslim couples Dealing with Marital Disputes in the West

Marriages usually start off so nicely. Everyone cooperates-the couple, their parents, other relatives, friends. Things usually run smoothly. But somewhere along the way, marital di...

Infidelity and Misplaced Blame in the Muslim Community

Infidelity is a major topic that too often, like many other embarrassing elements of our community, gets brushed under the rug. Imams routinely have to deal with couples where one ...

Confessions of a Shaikh’s Wife: What Makes the Man?

I never thought that I’d be a shaikh’s wife. Somehow, even though I grew up with a passion for studying Islam, and made sure to marry someone who had that too, I never pictured mys...

It’s Not Easy Being a Female Divorcee, Especially in Pakistan

I happened to have an incredibly appalling conversation with a male friend the other day. It pretty much went like this: “Hey did you end up finding a girl for yourself?” “Yeah, I...

British Asian Women On Mental Health And Marriage

Last month, Shaima*, a 32 year-old accountant from Leeds, attended her cousin’s wedding. It was a standard Asian affair: a rented community hall filled with women in brightly colou...

We Have a Serious Marriage Crisis

There is a marriage crisis amongst Muslims and I think that is putting it lightly. I am even having trouble trying to put my feelings on this matter into words because I am at a lo...

Arranged Marriages Happier, Claims Former High Court Family Judge

Arranged marriage could be happier than marrying for love because it removes the pressure to find the “perfect” partner before settling down, a former top High Court family judge h...

Marriage Education is a Must for Single and Engaged Muslims

Being a spouse and a parent are among the most important jobs you’ll ever have. Marriage education, premarital advisement and counseling can help singles and engaged people obtain ...

A Muslimah’s Divorce Dilemma

DIVORCE. It’s another one of those topics people don’t like to discuss. Specially if you are a Muslim and even more so if you are an Asian.But like other taboo issues, not talking ...

The Gendered Way We’ve Learned to Ask Questions is Terrible for Both Men and Women

“Thank god you picked up,” I whispered to my best friend. I was huddled in the sticky, single-stall bathroom of an Asian fusion restaurant in Washington, DC, just one closed door a...

Beware of the Marriage Bandits

Muslim communities around the world face many challenges, from within as well as from external sources. Certain issues, such as poverty and substance abuse, are widespread amongst ...

Are We All Cut From The Same Cloth? Why Am I Not Married?

I have noticed the rise in articles, social media comments and blog posts categorising the ever-increasing number of single women over 28. Its seems that women are stereotyping wom...

Khadijah & Muhammad: The Story of Love & Faith

Khadijah bint Khuwaylid – her very name evokes an image of strong, dignified femininity, of refined prestige and quiet power. She is remembered as a woman of strength, of compassio...

Dear Asian community – It’s time to discuss the F-word

Let’s be honest my friends, many in our community will think nothing of a 45 year old man pursuing and, in some cases, successfully capturing the attention of a 22 year old woman. ...

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