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Sex MashaAllah | Muslim Vignettes on Female Sexuality

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This series of articles contains the perspectives of several Muslim women at different stages of life who have grown up and lived in different parts of the world, East and West, and want to share some insights with Muslim men – both married and unmarried - who don't want sexually repressed, bitter spouses and failing marriages. This is a look behind the scenes to aid understanding of a universal social issue. For the sake of privacy, each writer is identified only by her marital status. May Allah bless all of us with loving, passionate, and fulfilling intimate lives. Read More »

Nour Responds to Panorama’s Secret of Britain’s Shariah Councils

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The BBC show Panorama, through secret filming, has found that Shari'ah courts are not helping women in domestic violent situations. The Telegraph states: “85 councils operating in mosques and houses across the country has revealed that the courts, which are run by sharia councils, are ruling in favor of men meeting estranged wives or having access to children when they ... Read More »

She’s Not Damaged Goods – We Have Damaged Standards

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Male-bashing articles are notoriously en vogue, admittedly for valid reasons. From the outset, let me clarify this won't be one of them. The difficulties faced in joining a man to a woman with previous (or more) relationship experience isn't just a “Muslim male” problem, but a social phenomenon with dimensions that need to be picked apart carefully and understood so that practical ... Read More »

Book Review | Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus

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  Sheikh Yaser Birjas talks about the five stages of marriage. The first stage of the husband-wife relationship is known as the “in-love” phase where the husband and wife start to get to know each other.  Often times, this phase can take place during the nikkah or engagement phase. The second phase of the relationship is the “newlywed” phase which ... Read More »

Domestic Violence: Why Women Endure?

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No matter what the reason may be, there is no excuse for enduring injustice. Unfortunately, in many cultures, there is so much negativity associated with seeking help through a third party and/or pursuing a divorce, that many women willingly endure domestic violence rather than protect their rights. Read More »

Self-Hate, Racism ‘In Style’

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"Pakistanis are the worst!” a young Desi woman exclaimed wrinkling her nose. “I would never advise marrying any of them.” The other Pakistani women present nodded in emphatic agreement while others shook their heads knowingly. “Arabs are so extreme,” an Arab woman interjected. “Everything is haraam to them.” “Americans are much better,” another woman agreed. “They’re the only men worth marrying.” At the last comment, unease knotted in my stomach… Read More »

Abdullah Hasan | The Five Languages of Love

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The proceeding thoughts are a summary of some of the ways the Prophet [saw] expressed his love for his wives. It is hoped that this will be a reminder for some and learning for others. Read More »

Arranged Marriage is not Forced Marriage

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Arranged marriages are the cultural norm for many Muslims across the world. Men and women who are ready to get married may meet their future spouse through family or friends. Forced marriage, on the other hand, occurs when a man or woman is coerced by the family to marry, using threats, emotional blackmail, fraud, and even bribes. Arranged against the person will, without consent or consent under duress. That is not a marriage in Islam; it is oppression and abuse. Read More »

Is Piety the only Beauty?

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One day a sister dropped by to pick up something and saw me dressed up with make-up and jewelry, so she assumed I was going somewhere. When I told her I wasn't, the reason I dressed up surprised her. I told her, “Because it is about time for my husband to return from work.” She said, “You still get ready ... Read More »

Unspoken for: The Unheard Victims of Domestic Violence Part 1

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My parents' disputes could and would start over anything and everything, although money and invalidating of feelings were two strong sparks. My mother believed divorce was not an option because she could not work and support all of us herself. My father did divorce my mother once in a fit of anger, but then asked for her back. He told me he loved my mother and would never want to divorce her as this would break our family apart. Despite the illusion that our family is together, it is broken. Read More »

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