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Through Thick and Thin

  Glimpses of Marital Bliss: Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV| Part V | Part VI | Part VII | Part VIII | Part IX | Part X | Part XI Every person has a different marriage experience and sometimes, it may turn sour. When words of divorce are spoken, it can often lead to incredibly painful emotions. In this narrative, a woman describes the way she […]

How Can I Enjoy Listening to the Qur’an in Taraweeh When I Don’t Understand What is Being Recited?

The Qur’an Series: Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V | Part VI | Part VII | Part VIII | Part IX Originally posted in August 2012 During Ramadan, many of us attend taraweeh (night prayers) at the masjid. Some of us stay until the Imam leads us in witr (a final supplementary prayer). For many of us, this can amount to over […]

Ramsha—An 8th-Grade Muslim Girl’s Perspective

My Perspective Counts: Part I In this series of My Perspective Counts, we will be exploring the unique and inspiring lives of Muslims from all backgrounds, faith practices, age ranges and all other variables. Through interviews, we will learn about their struggles, perspectives, passions and wisdom. The following questions were specifically tailored to this young […]

The Little Things That Count

Glimpses of Marital Bliss: Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV| Part V | Part VI | Part VII | Part VIII | Part IX | Part X | Part XI Some of us have grandiose ideas of what romance is. Many of us have been programmed by popular culture to expect big gestures of love and passion and intimacy. However, when we take the time […]

He Prayed Instead of Fought

Glimpses of Marital Bliss: Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV| Part V | Part VI | Part VII | Part VIII | Part IX In any relationship, disagreements are inevitable. How do you respond when a loved one makes a mistake? Let’s see how this husband responded and how it affected his wife and their relationship. “If I was to describe my husband […]

Giving the Love We Want

  Glimpses of Marital Bliss: Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV| Part V | Part VI | Part VII | Part VIII | Part IX Marriages flourish with compromise, understanding and appreciation on behalf of both spouses. In this narrative, a wife shares the way in which she was understanding and compromising of her husband’s personal preferences, and the way through […]

Finding Allah Through Divorce

Glimpses of Marital Bliss: Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV| Part V | Part VI | Part VII | Part VIII Most people who marry do not expect their marriages to end in divorce. But what if they do? How does a person recover from a difficult marriage or a divorce? Below, one woman describes her experiences and shares […]

Perspectives on Marriage

Glimpses of Marital Bliss: Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V | Part VI Different couples have different perspectives on marriage and what it’s really all about. Below are two different narratives from two different individuals on what marriage is to them: Couple 1: “Marriage is work. It’s sacrifice. It’s compromise. I watch romantic comedies, and […]

Parents and Puppy Love

Glimpses of Marital Bliss: Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V | Part VI Parents are our first glimpse into understanding the concept of love. In this narrative, a sister describes the romanticized love she has been blessed to witness from her parents. “The narrative is not my own but it is still a […]

From an Arranged Marriage to Deep Love

Glimpses of Marital Bliss: Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V | Part VI Here is an inspiring narrative of a woman who was married through an arranged marriage, who grew to love her husband with passion and compassion, and who was there for him—as he was there for her—through the thick and thin of […]

A Light From God

This narrative took place about six years ago. This is a repost from 2008 with some general modifications. Within five minutes of class I began to feel angry at myself. I had an exam to move on to the next level in Arabic within the hour, and I had not spent enough time studying. I […]

Will They Say Yes?

Glimpses of Marital Bliss: Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V | Part VI Some of us may fear something that sets us apart from others may be the reason they would not consider us for marriage. This story shows us that what makes us truly unique is the characteristic which can draw someone to love us. […]

The Love Letter

Glimpses of Marital Bliss: Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V | Part VI Many of us have taken someone in our lives for granted. Sometimes that person has caused us anguish, yet we underestimate how much we love them and how much we would miss them if they were no longer with us. […]

Hook Up with the Quran, Allah Will Hook You Up

Originally published in April 2010. Part I | Part II Veiled from sight, a young woman walked down the streets of Cairo, reciting Qur’an to herself and thinking about her goals. She loved the Qur’an and was passionate about studying and teaching it. She wanted to move to Saudi Arabia where she knew of Qur’anic […]

The Goodbye Hug

Glimpses of Marital Bliss: Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V | Part VI Many of us only hear destructive marriage stories within the Muslim community. The constant flow of negative narratives can cause many to cringe and fear marriage. However, the reality is that there are so many incredible, beautiful, passionate, fulfilling and compassionate love […]

Two Words

He had never prayed two rak`ah (units of prayer) in his adult life. Born and raised in Egypt, he had continuously heard the athan (call to prayer) and the iqama (second call to prayer) rolling through the streets, calling the believers to prayer, but he had never voluntarily accepted the call. This included refusing to […]

5 Ways to Stop Being Judgmental

If that feeling of, “I’m better than thou,” creeps up on you while comparing yourself to someone else, consider the following: 1. Consider the saying, “Some saints have a past and many sinners have a future.”  Being a ‘saint’ isn’t guaranteed for any one person for a lifetime. But the path to God’s forgiveness is always […]

5 Tips To Rethink Women in Islam

I am described as a dynamic, assertive, energetic woman. As a teenager, I did not necessarily want Islam to be a piece of my rambunctious identity. I was loud, crazy and fun and I saw piety and religiosity as opposite my most prized traits. At fourteen, my family decided we would visit Mecca for a […]

The Qur’an: Our Lifelong Companion

The Qur’an Series: Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V | Part VI | Part VII | Part VIII | Part IX One of the reasons many of us have difficulty connecting with the Qur’an is because we simply see it only as a Holy Book. But what if we realized the Qur’an is more than a book? What if we realized the […]

I Don’t Feel Ramadan

“I don’t feel Ramadan,” she vented.  She, working night shifts and feeling exhausted throughout her days, expressed the same sentiment many others have during this Ramadan of long fasting days and short nights. “I’m a mom of three small kids,” a sister explained. “I have health problems and can’t fast. If I can just get […]