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Interracial Marriage: Is It Worth It?

By Aisha Faiz from New York In the name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful. Marriage is one of the most important decisions in one’s life. How are you supposed to know whether someone is “The One,” or if you are just blinded by her beauty, akhlaq (manners), status in society, or you […]

What’s the Problem with Converts?

I have noticed that some Muslims have a problem with Muslim converts. They will respect them in the mosque and greet them politely, but when it comes to marriage, suddenly a block appears. It’s especially true when a convert man asks to marry a girl who has been a Muslim her whole life. If I […]

Muslim women buying lingerie forced to deal with male staff

A group of women in Saudi Arabia decided to stage a boycott of lingerie stores that only have male staff. The ladies over in Saudi Arabia have to go into such stores and be served by men, including being looked up and down to determine their size! I cannot even believe such a thing would be allowed.

Failed Marriage Proposals and Unrealistic Expectations

none of my proposals have worked out so far, which is why I am still unmarried. I don’t feel too bad about this because I know you have to marry the right person for you, otherwise you end up divorced somewhere along the line! Everyone who proposed asked my father, which I feel is the right way. I had a proposal earlier this year, unfortunately I had to turn him down as further information about him could not be obtained.

Many girls’ families these days will not let their daughters get married unless everything is set up perfect for her. This means they want her new husband to have a car, a furnished house, a job and a big dowry for his bride! If the man is wealthy, then of course he will want the best for his new wife, and he will be able to afford it all too. But if he’s not wealthy, then these expectations are unrealistic. Nobody should get themselves into debt if they can’t do these things.

Looking For Family

The Story of my Search I am currently looking for some long-lost members of my family. I hope by putting word out online, I can inshallah find them. The first one is Kevin, my uncle on my mother’s side. He was born to my grandmother, Irene Wayne Dunn, when she was young and unmarried, and […]

Confusion over Eid-ul-Fitr!

We Muslims recently celebrated Eid-ul-Fitr. There are a select few in my area who never celebrate Eid on the same day as the majority of others. The mosque that my family attends usually follows Saudi Arabia. Whenever someone over there has sighted the moon, we get a confirmation on the phone, then it is announced […]

Visiting Libya: Palm Trees, Petrol and Green Square

Where Do I Belong? The Dilemma of a Mixed-Race Muslim

I am a mixed race Muslim, which sounds simple in itself, but I can often find myself thinking, ‘Where do I really belong?’ I am Libyan on my father’s side, and English on my mother’s side. Oh, how much easier it must be to just be one race! You know right away where you belong…

Entertaining the Muslim Youth

January 2008 Entertaining the Muslim Youth by Somayya Gefori When I was a young child, my family listened to the likes of Yusuf Islam in the car. Nowadays there are many nasheed artists, and over the last decade the industry has practically exploded with new talent: Native Deen, 786, Sami Yusuf, Zain Bhikha and Mesut […]

Hijab is an Attitude, not a Fashion

Hijab is not something we wear as a fashion statement, it is not merely a piece of clothing. Hijab is part of the Islamic way of life, hijab is an attitude, a way of thinking and behaving.

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