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Michigan Radio's Muslims in Michigan discusses tradition

Apr 20, 2010 | In Arab Dating Advice | No Comments

When a Muslim couple first begins dating, there is often a window of time in which they each discover how closely the other adheres to traditional values of their religion. Oftentimes, both partners will be willing to compromise a tiny bit.

However, for University of Michigan Students Sarah Jukuku and Abdul El-Sayed, sticking close to the values of their families and their religion actually drew them closer together and strengthened their relationship.

As part of Michigan Radio's series Muslims in Michigan,
Jennifer Guerra interviewed El-Sayed and his wife, and the two discussed how their relationship flourished under the restrictions that their interpretation of Islamic law placed upon them.

"In a writing class my senior year, they asked us to describe one of the happiest moments of my life," El-Sayed told Guerra. "For me that was the first time I got to hold my wife's hand. And people just couldn't get that."

However, El-Sayed understands that not everyone is as traditional as he is.

"Different things work for different people. And I'm glad we did it this way," he said.

The Muslims in Michigan project aimed to examine the religious, ethnic and social diversity among the state's Muslim population.
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