Marriage Today
Helping Muslim Marriages Thrive & Grow
July 26, 2010
Marriage Today Team
Editorial Team:
Dr. Aneesah Nadir, MSW
Bonita McGee
Meha Ahmed
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

ISSA USA Board of Directors:
Aneesah Nadir, President
Mohammed Hoque, Vice President
Bonita McGee, Treasurer
Zarinah Nadir, Secretary
Divorce in the Muslim Community: 2010 Survey Analysis

If you attended six Muslim weddings this summer, chances are that two will end up in divorce sooner or later.

To understand this disturbing phenomenon, Sound Vision conducted an online survey from October 15, 2009 to January 15, 2010, in which 405 individuals across North America shared their divorce experience, including the factors that lead to divorce, as well as how they dealt with it.

Here are the detailed results.

Divine Advice

"Women of purity are for men of purity, and men of purity are for women of purity" (Quran 24:26).

Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him, recommended that Muslims select those partners who are best in religion (Deen) and character.

"A woman may married for four reasons: for her property, for her rank, for her beauty, and for her religion (and character). So marry the one who is best in the religion and character and prosper" (Bukhari and Muslim).

The Prophet assured the bounty of Allah to those who wish to get married and live a pure and clean life.

Dr. Aneesah’s Tip for Marriage Preparation

The Muslim community needs to commit to making marriage education available and accessible. Parents need to encourage their children to get this education just as they encourage them to do well in their school work in high school and college. Career knowledge is highly valued but needs to be balanced with religious education and marriage and family life education.


Aneesah NadirBefore You Get Married...

With one out of two marriages ending up in divorce in America and one out of three Muslim marriages ending in divorce, singles and engaged couples must take time up front to do the work that’s needed so that their marriage will be a happy and fulfilling one that lasts. They should also plan to continue to work on their relationship for as long as it lasts.

The theme of this issue focuses on what single and engaged Muslims need to keep in mind before they get married. Articles for this issue focus on considerations for getting to know someone for marriage, and the importance of marriage education.

We also invite the community to get involved in promoting healthy marriage by supporting National Muslim Marriage Week during the first week of Ramadan ( August 11-18, 2010/Ramadan 1-7 ,1431).

Aneesah Nadir, Editor

Getting to Know...Getting to Know Someone for Marriage
By Munira Lekovic Ezzeldine

Getting to know someone for marriage requires a couple to share their views and experiences in an effort to better understand one another. Conversations between the couple should include practical as well as emotional questions in an effort to seek information about a person and understand their values and beliefs.

The key to asking questions is to inquire with the intention to understand a person, not to judge them.. Read More >

7 Etiquettes of Seeking a Spouse: An Islamic Perspective
By Samana Siddiqui
Wedding Checklist
"When you fail to plan, you plan to fail"-Anonymous.
There is probably no social event more difficult and stressful to organize than a wedding.

The aim of this is to make sure that you've got at least the very basics of planning a wedding covered before you take the leap to marriage. Read More >ss

Marriage Education: A Must for Single and Engaged Muslims
By Aneesah Nadir
Preparing for MarriageTo be a successful spouse it is important to get to know yourself, who you are and what you value in life. It is important to develop your relationship with Allah and to know what place married life has in the overall purpose of the human being and in Islam.

You need to learn skills to have a loving relationship with your spouse. You want to learn about the responsibilities husbands and wives have toward each other and how best to fulfill them. Read More >ss

National Muslim Marriage Week
General Wedding Tips
August 11-18, 2010
Ramadan 1-7, 1431

National Muslim Marriage Week is an opportunity for communities to schedule Friday Khutbas about the married life of the Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him, and talks during Taraweeh prayers about marriage in the Quran, as well as Ramadan Iftars that highlight the importance of a healthy marriage..Read More >ss

Family Quality Time: Tips of the Month

  1. Eat Dinner together as a family often.
  2. Share an “Islamic moment" after prayer.
  3. Take care of the children so the mother can study Islam or volunteer.
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