She was shiny with sweat and shattered after a 35-hour labour. Childbirth is magic: in a life-making and life-changing instant a woman becomes a mother, a man becomes a father and a couple become a family.
Later, she would tell me that she found the strength for one more push by telling herself: “I want my husband to see his baby. I remember the night we brought you home from the hospital.
It was one year ago today that our car was speeding to the maternity ward of Homerton hospital in Hackney, east London.
In the car were me and your mum Bridget; in Bridget was you. It was past four in the morning and Bridget had been pushing for more than two hours.
Islam, now the second largest religion in Canada, teaches that it is sinful for Muslim women, but not Muslim men, to marry outside the faith.
Interestingly, the lack of communication between Muslim men and women before marriage noted by many Muslim leaders is actually part of a larger problem that Ezzeldine believes is resulting in more interfaith matches.
Ezzeldine suggests that the Muslim community’s standards for interacting with members of the opposite sex are actually having a deleterious effect on marriage in the community.
You, our perfect black-haired little baby girl, were even more of a miracle than most babies because you only exist because of great luck and fortune and because the sun was shining one afternoon, three summers before you were born. It was early June 2008, the last Sunday of the Hay Festival, and I was returning home to London.
I boarded the train, found an empty seat and it was only when I sat down that I noticed a beautiful woman sitting opposite me.
(WOMENSENEWS)– Munira Ezzeldine, a marriage counselor in Irvine, Calif., who is one of the instructors of a premarital course, tells me that Islam in America is at a “kind of crossroads now.” She explains, “We don’t have something called dating in the Western context, you know with pre-marital sex and all the stuff that comes with it.” But young Muslims are also not interested in having arranged marriages as their parents and grandparents did.