Following on from ‘Ep5: Couples Therapy’ this is a special bonus episode that I’m sure you’re going to love listening to.
Alyas Karmani is a highly qualified relationship therapist who primarily works with the UK Muslim community. A few days ago we took some time out to chat about what he has learned from 25 years of counselling Muslim couples and uncover what it’s really like to be on the front line of Muslim relationship problems.
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We quickly found out that there was a major difference between the idea of being married and actually being married: we were both young, unemployed, poor and emotionally clueless. We were clearly going to need a lot of help if we were going to make it work... email: email@example.com tw/insta: @moiazam
Christmas time was always a contentious time of year for us. From the very beginning I couldn’t understand why it was such an important time of year for her. For me ignoring Christmas was something I needed to do. But when the kids arrived something had to give... email: firstname.lastname@example.org tw/insta: @moiazam
Only two things mattered to me after graduation: getting a great job and finally finding a wife. These were the two pillars I wanted to build the next stage of my life on...but it was never going to be that simple... twitter/insta: @moiazam email@example.com
Getting married at the age of 24 with no job, little money and even less relationship experience doesn’t sound like the best of ideas but that’s where I found myself in 2001.
The question is: how did I reach that point?
Ever been in a relationship where you’re just not getting on and you really don’t know why? I mean if you don’t know why then what can you really do to fix it?
Well we reached that point in 2007 after 2 kids and 6 years of marriage...and I had no idea what to do...
Sharing stories from my failed 10 year marriage via a podcast doesn’t sound like one of my brightest ideas but something in the back of my head tells me it is absolutely the right thing to do. And as I rate the back if my head quite highly here we are. I can’t put my finger on exactly why it might be absolutely the right thing to do but I think it’s got something to do with ‘helping’. Helping me perhaps and I guess if it might help me then it might help someone else. That’s as far as my brain has got with this I’m afraid. Sorry about that.
So if by chance you happen to be interested in hearing about the pain, joy, hope and despair that comes with marriage, divorce and parenthood from the perspective of a Muslim in the UK then subscribing to this podcast is probably your a good idea. Ok...(deep breathe)...let’s get started...