Individual Muslims must navigate between practice – often including family members pressure towards organized marriages – as well as their own needs, arranged up against the background of Berlin’s very available sex-and-love main-stream. Photograph: Innovative Commons / Diloz
Hamsa* is actually fancy. The 17-year-old gym student, whom concerned Berlin from Syria as a refugee five years ago, clothing flawlessly – their hijab always fits the lady clothes, the girl make-up and nails include flawless. The girl parents aren’t particularly spiritual, however they come across customs and modesty extremely important: naturally, these people were concerned about the result that “Berlin freedom” could have on the four teens. Hamsa did posses a rebellious period, dressed in miniskirts and refusing to wear the headscarf, but she has returned to her family members’s values. While she have earlier wished being a health care professional, she today desires to become a dental hygienist, since it’s an even more appropriate profession for a female. Just last year, she going going to a Quran class.
About five months back, certainly one of her class mates launched Hamsa to the lady more mature sibling, 25-year-old Mohammed. Hamsa straight away told her parents that she would always date your. “He has got dreamy attention and a rather wonderful laugh!” she giggles. Her parents – who aren’t just in an arranged wedding but they are in addition 2nd cousins, something fairly usual in Muslim individuals but merely after run blood examinations to be certain the children wouldn’t feel adversely suffering – posses found Mohammed and accepted of the two youthful lovebirds learning one another; they do not mind the age gap. Continue reading “Halal matchmaking: discovering appreciation as a Berlin Muslim”