[This question was truncated to protect anonymity] My niece, Chandni, has been through a lot of challenges since her early childhood– family breakup, abandonment, addiction problems, fear of connecting with people. I want to help her but I don’t know how. What should I do? What should I say…Read More
Dear Salma, I am currently a second-year college student. I used to say, “Oh, I probably won’t get married until I’m like 30,” because I assumed I likely wouldn’t find someone who I would fall head over heels for. This refrain changed when I joined the Muslim Student Association at…Read More
Dear Mo, Salaam, I met a guy through a friend and because things are going well, I’d like to know whether or not he sees a future with me. I am refraining from broaching the subject because so far he and I have not discussed our pasts in detail. Relationship…Read More
Dear Salma, I am a young mother who has been married for two years. My family chose my partner for me, and I, at the time, convinced myself that Insha’Allah my marriage will work out and I will, with the passage of time, fall in love with my husband. In…Read More
Dear Salma, I have a question regarding interracial/intercultural marriages. I am an American born revert to Islam, and I have had suitors who are Arab–one whom I unexpectedly fell in love with. Unfortunately, when he asked his father for the family’s blessing, his father advised against our marriage, saying the…Read More
Dear Salma, I’m a 22-year-old Muslim girl about to graduate from college. I do not wear hijab and am often in the presence of non-Muslim males who have asked me out/tried to date me. I politely tell them that I am Muslim and do not date. Recently, I have been…Read More
Question: Dear Salma, I was (am) a naive (stupid) Muslim woman. I had a sort-of arranged marriage (not forced) . My husband started sexually brutalizing me immediately. He wanted intercourse multiple times a day and he would not take no for an answer. I tried my best to please him but…Read More
Question #1 Dear Salma, I have a teenage daughter and am concerned about how to explain interfaith marriage to her. We have a growing number of Muslims in our community–both men and women–marrying outside of Islam. She and I will talk about these sorts of things and I’ve explained to…Read More
Ask Salma addresses sibling interactions and interfaith relationships.
In today’s AskM column, M responds to one woman about how to deal with her mother-in-law, and another about her racially-conscious suitor.