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Only "modern and enlightened" Muslims Meet Before Marriage???

Reader comment on item: Faces of American Islam[: Muslim Immigrants]

Submitted by Allison Knight (United States), Aug 29, 2005 at 00:58

In the Hadith about the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him), it is said that you cannot marry your children off until they see the prospective bride or groom and agree to the marriage. So how could it be that the prospective spouses are not meeting each other? All Muslims follow the sunnat or practices of Islam. First, a picture may be exchanged and then they may meet, perhaps with other people present to see if they find the match suitable.

No one is laughing at Muslims for their arranged marriages because dating is a very difficult and sometimes painful process. Many women I know would appreciate help in choosing an appropriate mate. It is difficult waiting for chance to drop that perfect Harlequin hero on the doorstep. Then there are the hazards of drugs dropped in drinks, date rape, disappearing girls, etc. Since online dating, no one is criticising arranged marriages any more.

It is the practice of the Ahmadiyya Movement in Islam to follow the practices of the Holy Prophet of Islam.

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