In the society that the Prophet (sal-Allahu alayhi wa-sallam) lived, burying little girls alive was the norm.
Heina Dadabhoy spent their childhood as a practicing Muslim who never in their right mind would have believed that they would grow up to be an atheist feminist secular humanist.
Heina has been an active participant in atheist organizations and events in and around Orange County, CA since 2007, and on the national stage since 2011.
Heina is a speaker and panelist on a range of diverse topics including feminism, race, LGBT issues, the challenges of deconversion, Islam, non-monogamy, strategies for inclusivity, and the various intersections of the above.
You may have heard them at Skepticon, the American Atheists National Convention, the Huffington Post Live, and Have Your Say on the BBC World Service or read about them in the New York Times.
Not only does it teach you how to treat other people but it hones and refines your emotional intelligence; something all of us need in order to successfully navigate through adult life.
It is also something that, I believe, can exist in harmony with your cultural and religious life.
One of the most crucial dating rules among Muslims is to remember that both families need to meet each other first.
You have to be ready to discuss a lot of things, from children to religion to income before parents finally decide if the pair is suitable for marriage.
by Yasmin Mogahed Reprinted from Suhaib As-salamu `alaykum brother, Thank you for the honest question you asked regarding dating. First, you have pointed out that you live in a society where dating is the norm.
While I understand and sympathize with that struggle, it is important to make clear that just because something is the norm in one’s society, does not justify participating in it.
Dating is only considered as acceptable is when a person is ready to look for a spouse.