My In-laws are ….?

It’s amazing that as soon as you mention the word, only ill thoughts come to most people. This topic was previously viewed in a positive light as it strengthened family ties but unfortunately today it is considered negatively in both Muslim and non-Muslim circles. How did these issues develop within our family system and how did this negative stigma make […]

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6 tips to strengthen your relationships

What’s the secret to happiness? According to the longest study on the topic, it’s your relationships. Harvard researchers examined people for 75 years and found that their relationships were the number one predictor of health and happiness. It wasn’t about how many relationships a person had, rather, it was the quality that mattered. Each relationship has its ups and downs. Maintaining a relationships whether […]

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3 Traits in Marriage That Also Make you a Better Muslim

Islam is a religion of peace and love. Its no surprise to Muslims that there are many acts of love that are encouraged by Islam, and that will get you closer to Allah. Here is a lists of 3 things to do in your marriage that also make you a better Muslim. Be loving and caring Love is the language […]

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Prince Charming here, but I’m not an M.D.

“Sunni Arab Muslim parents invite correspondence for their daughter, 23, beautiful, very fair skinned, slim, educated, religious. Prefer doctor/surgeon/dentist/MD resident. Non-physicians need not apply; lawyers OK. Send picture and resume to CaliforniaGirl@marriage.com.” Faced with outrageous matrimonial requests like these, Jamal* believes he stands no chance in his mission to find a wife. At 24, Jamal has already met two girls […]

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Question of the Week: Why is Divorce So High Amongst Young Muslim Couples?

Asalamu alaykum, I’m struggling to deal with this one as it is almost at a chronic level. I’m thinking that an association towards the ease and sustainment of marriage should be established (at least on a local level). A course could be given over a two weekend period that covers the fiqh and social aspects of marriage. If one passes, […]

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Hurt by Others: How to Cope and Heal

When I was growing up, the world was a perfect place. The only problem was, that it wasn’t. I used to believe that everything could always be ‘fair’. To me that meant no one should ever be wronged, and if they were, justice must be served. I fought hard for the way I believed things should be. But in my […]

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50 Things You Need to Know About Marital Relationships

Excerpted from Al Maghrib Institute’s “Fiqh of Love” seminar with Shaykh Waleed Basyouni. Great relationships don’t just happen; they are created. You have to work at it. If your job takes all of your best energy, your marriage will suffer. One of the greatest gifts you can give your spouse is your own happiness. It is possible to love and […]

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Am I Marrying the Right Person?

This is the question you must ask before marrying someone. While many factors are used to determine compatibility, you may be surprised to read that the answer to this question is in fact mostly based on feelings. Through the process of getting to know different types of people, you will discover a variety of personalities and, more importantly, the type […]

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Reading the Red-Flags

Getting to know someone for marriage can be a nerve-racking and an exciting experience all at the same time.  Through conversations, a couple seeks to learn about each other and determine compatibly for a lifetime together.  However, many couples get so emotionally attached in the early stages of the relationship that they cannot see or choose to deny red flags […]

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