For many Muslim couples who do not have family in the West, the Imam is one of the few people who has an Islamic background and is an authority figure, and therefore, can help them sort out their problems. As a result, a Muslim family may remain intact instead of breaking up to their own detriment and the Muslim community's.
Imam Muhammad Nur Abdullah of St. Louis, Missouri is a member of the North American Fiqh Council. He has conducted pre-marriage counseling in the U.S. for the last 20 years. He provides the following tips for Imams in the West dealing with marital conflict: