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About Mohamed Hussein

About Mohamed Hussein

Sh. Mohamed Hussein is a community leader in the greater DC metro area. A Hafiz of the Quran, he is also a graduate of the Islamic University of Medina in Hadith, George Mason University in Biology, and is a classically trained student of the Shafi’ school of Islamic law.

Responsibilities are Rewarding

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Even before the Stone Age, man held the responsibility and honor of being a ‘hunter and gatherer’. Being a provider, naturally or otherwise, has always been a vital and admirable trait in a husband. It is a value central to the male “tool box” and a timeless obligation that extends beyond any specific culture or religion.  However, in today’s day and age, women are increasingly entering and excelling in the workforce. Western culture has shifted the paradigm and placed a portion of the burden for providing for the household on wives.

Despite these shifting societal expectations and norms, the burden placed on men, according to Islam, has not altered.  Not only are men required to provide for their families financially, the subject of this article, but it is also compulsory that they provide emotionally, physically, and spiritually for their spouses and families.

By consensus of the scholars, a man is legally obligated to provide for his wife and children. This includes food, shelter, and clothing.  In addition, this responsibility, in principle, is NOT a shared one.  The husband is required to be ‘THE provider’ and not just ‘A provider’. Continue reading

Muslims, Money & Marriage – Part 01

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Has he graduated? Where does he work? Does he have a good job? How much does he make? Will he be able to support you? Questions like this are not unheard of when a woman receives a proposal.

Does she have any debt? Do I have to help support her family? Does her family expect something extravagant for dowry? These are some of the questions that keep many men up at night before and/or after they propose.

Just a couple of disclaimers:

Culture Practices: There is a discernable variance among differing cultures with regard to practices Continue reading

Ten Tips for Muslims with Student Debt

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As freshman commence their journeys, sophomores return for another year, juniors pray they can make it to senior year and seniors struggle with senioritis, it’s time for all of us to take a step back and learn so that gaining education doesn’t cost us the rest of our lives.

We must ask ourselves a few questions:

  • How do I avoid debt in general?
  • As a Muslim, how do you avoid incurring student loan debts?
  • Isn’t it too late? Shouldn’t I have been saving for the past 20 years?

These are all legitimate questions that we should genuinely be asking ourselves. For decades, Muslim students have been graduating and earning degrees from institutions of higher education and during this time they have witnessed the cost of education increase exponentially. Just speak to your parents. When they hear how much school is going to cost this upcoming year, they are baffled.

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