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Konya outside the mosque by CharlesFred / Creative Commons

Good Friendships and Relations

By: Tasnim Nazeer Source: Much of our lives are spent interacting with family, friends and co-workers. All of these relationships are governed by codes of conduct, and the most important rule for a Muslim to follow in maintaining them is having ‘taqwa’ (being ever conscious of God). If we try our best to acquire a higher state of taqwa in our hearts, we will analyze our every action to ensure that what we do is pleasing to Allah subḥānahu wa ta’āla (glorified and exalted be He) (glorified and exalted be He) and that we maintain our relations with others in the best manner possible. The Need for Good Company Maintaining good company cannot be overstated as it...

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Could arranged marriages be better?

By: Jamye Waxman Source: Cafe Mom I’m not going to make light of the problems with arranged marriages. Nothing is perfect and I value the freedom to choose. But as a 30-something single woman still looking for her soul mate, I often wonder how much easier things would be if someone else would do the looking for me. Like lots of other tasks, finding love is a full-time job. So much so that I sometimes wonder if having an arranged marriage would make me more productive in other areas of my life. With divorce rates at around 50 percent in the western world, even romantic love isn’t perfect half of the time. This proves that when we leave our love to choice, or more likely chance,...

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Harmony in the home: 10 tips for Muslim couples

By: Zaynab Chinoy Source: What does it take to stay Muslim, married and extremely happy today? As oxymoronic as that just sounded, believe it or not, it’s absolutely possible! Marriage, especially for Muslims, is a lot more than having someone to call a husband or wife. The marital relationship is an incredible blessing and divine sign, as Allah says in the Qur’an: “And of His signs is that He created for you from yourselves mates that you may find tranquility in them; and He placed between you affection and mercy. Indeed in that are signs for a people who give thought.” [Qur’an: Chapter 30, Verse 21]3 The whole purpose of having a spouse is to find tranquility in and...

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