In this issue
The Single Girl’s Guide to Flying Solo
For the Love of Tradition
Matchmaking for Mipsters
Loving Long Distance
Let us kick things off with matchmaking. I know, right? But hear me out, because we’ve got plenty of alternative takes on this well-worn subject. First up, Shireen Qudosi espouses her Love of Tradition, arguing that perhaps it’s not such a bad idea to let those who know you best screen your suitors for you. For a refreshingly comedic take on courtship, watch Door Knock Appeal, a hilarious short film inspired by Amal Awad’s debut novel, Courting Samira. If you are hip, young and single, new to the online Islamic matchmaking scene is Hipster Shaadi. Eren Cervantes-Altamirano introduces the people and story behind this refreshing new website in Matchmaking for Mipsters (that’s “Muslim hipsters” for ya).
There is puppy love, and then there are marriages destined for greatness. Afia R Fitriati speaks to couples who began as School Sweethearts to get their tips on keeping a lasting relationship. Fatimah Jackson-Best shares more soul-warming stories in Loving Long Distance, featuring couples who may be oceans apart yet are joined at the hip and whose hearts beat as one.
Ayesha Mattu is fast becoming an authority on Muslim relationships. Her upcoming book Salaam, Love is a male-written counterpart to the groundbreaking Love, InshAllah. Among other things, she speaks with Tazin Abdullah about the power of Unveiling Love.
Amid all this talk of couplehood, marriages and love, let us not forget that the most important affair is the one with ourselves. No matter what your marital status is, a quick consultation of The Single Girl’s Guide to Flying Solo by Amal Awad will bolster your romance with life itself. Next, A Highland Romance by Sya Taha showcases beautiful landscapes alongside the message of remaining true to yourself and your values. Finally, for an altogether different sort of passion, take a stroll down the memory lane of Discontinued Iconic Handbags where Shea Rasol introduces you to the world’s most coveted arm candies.