Marriage Today
Helping Muslim Marriages Thrive & Grow
January 12, 2012
Marriage Today Team
Editorial Team:
Dr. Aneesah Nadir, MSW
Samana Siddiqui
Taha Ghayyur
Zarinah Nadir


Sound Vision Board of Directors:
Abdul Malik Mujahid, President
Muhammad Khalid Riaz, Md. Secretary
Ahmed Murad, Director
Taufiq Ahmad, Treasurer
Muhammad Fuad Lashkarwala, Director
Janaan Hashim, Director
Hanna El-Amin, Director
Did You Know?

Most Americans Get Married June-October

Americans tend to get married more between June and October than during the rest of the year. Out of these, July and August seem to be the most popular months for weddings.

(Source: DivorceMagazine.com)

Divine Advice:
How Strong is Your Marriage Foundation?

Embarking on a marriage is really very similar to beginning the construction of a building. The building may be extremely magnificent and grand, but the most important thing about it is the foundations upon which it is built. If those foundations are not secure, the building will not survive when the storms and shocks of stress hit it, as they inevitably will sooner or later.

What does a husband need to do in order to gain his wife's respect? Why does a woman have such a powerful need for a husband's love? Our Lord has revealed guidelines for human life together since the dawn of time, and for over fourteen centuries Muslims have the example of the life of the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him.

(Source: The Muslim Marriage Guide by Ruqaiyyah Waris Maqsood, p. 14-15)

The Fundamentals of a Fulfilling Marriage


By Shahina Siddiqui

Forget: When we constantly remind our spouses of all the times they let us down or hurt us we have not truly forgiven. Things that happened in the past must be left there and not be used as fresh ammunition in new situations. Couples who use this technique usually fall in a rut and become victims of their own pettiness, unable to break free.

 

10 Ways to Building Bridges of Trust with Your Loved One
By Taha Ghayyur

10 Ways to Building Bridges of Trust with Your Loved OneBuilding, earning, and keeping trust, which is known as Amana in Arabic, is a daunting task that requires a life-long effort.

Building trust is like building a bridge. It requires multiple skills and steps: intention, determination, strategy, architecture, engineering, and gathering supplies. It involves labour and at times risks. Bridge building is not a one time task. It needs constant care and maintenance.Read More >

When the Trust Disappears from Our Relations
By Shk. Muhammad Al-Ghazali

When the Trust Disappears from Our RelationsA number of relationships are severed, rifts are created in friendships and interests are endangered when the information about or the secrets of the gatherings are disclosed by someone by correctly or incorrectly quoting the source, thus jeopardizing all the plans.

Allah’s Messenger, peace be upon him, has said: “When a man says something to someone and then turns to you, then it is a trust.” Read More >

Are We Aware of the Legal & Ethical Foundations of Muslim Marriage?
By Wahida Valiante

Are We Aware of the Legal & Ethical Foundations of Muslim Marriage? The Qur’an teaches that marriage entails certain rights and obligations and that those rights and obligations do not simply end when a marriage is dissolved; in fact, some responsibilities extend beyond the dissolution of a marriage and need to be written down in specific terms. Allah tell us:  ".... Be true to every promise for, verily (on Judgment Day) you will be called to account for every promise which you have made!" (Qur’an 17:34).
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Managing Conflict Advice of the Month:
Dealing with the In-Laws

Managing Conflict Advice of the Month:In-laws are the focus of blame and reproach when there are marital disputes.

This month, here are some tips to maintain healthy relations with your in-laws:

  • Do not forbid your spouse from seeing family unless you fear for their religion and safety.
  • Do not divulge secrets.
  • Make time to know your in-laws but stay out of their disputes.
  • Maintain the Adab (etiquettes) of Islam with your sister- and brother-in-laws (i.e.no hugging or kissing).
  • You are not obliged to spend every weekend with your in-laws.
  • Give grandparents easy and reasonable access to their grandchildren. Read More >

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Caring CouplesTip of the Month:
For Caring Partners

Appreciate the time and thoughtfulness, not only the results. Even when your partner goofs up and is unable to deliver up to your expectations, thank them for their effort and time. Don’t make them feel all their work was wasted.

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