North American Matrimonial Banquets

September 20, 2006 § 2 Comments

Islamic marriages are under enough strain just trying to survive without being disrupted by the sloppy cesspool of Western media and Hollywood’s glorified images of “beauty”, “power” and other indulgences. To combat the high rate of divorce which is now an epidemic in the United States Muslims families have taken a more active role in the matrimonial process, called Matrimonial Banquets. The article suggests that these banquets maintain traditional Islamic values while providing the optimal solution to marriage for Muslims in America saying,

“Many American Muslims — or at least those bent on maintaining certain conservative traditions — equate anything labeled “dating” with hellfire, no matter how short a time is involved. Hence the wildly popular speed dating sessions at the largest annual Muslim conference in North America were given an entirely more respectable label. They were called the “matrimonial banquet.” (N. MacFarquhar, NYT)

These banquets allow families to participate in choosing a spouse for a young Muslim or Muslima in a tolerable way. The aim of the initiative is to combat the high rate of divorce prevalent in the United States (U.S. has a 50% divorce rate, nationally). Imam Majid commented on the program as it relates to divorce claiming that,

“Having the families involved can help reduce the divorce rate, Imam Majid said, citing a recent informal study that indicated that one third of Muslim marriages in the United States end in divorce. It was still far too high, he noted, but lower than the overall American average. Intermarriages outside Islam occur, but remain relatively rare, he said.”

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§ 2 Responses to North American Matrimonial Banquets

  • To Whom It May Concern:

    My name is Chris Burt from 3 Of a Kind Productions. I am a producer for a non-profit production company based out of Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York. I am posting on this website because of information I am seeking from the article printed in the New York Times on September 19th, 2006 titled: “It’s Muslim Boy Meets Girl, but Don’t Call It Dating.”

    We are currently in pre-production on a documentary looking into the process of matrimonial banquets (speed dating) and the present struggle on keeping traditions between generations for Muslim-Americans. The reason I am posting here is because I am trying to make contacts for Muslim-Americans who are/have experienced matrimonial banquets, or a clash between traditions.

    We will be traveling across the nation looking for main characters to base our documentary around. I would greatly appreciate your cooperation if you could provide us with any insight.

    I look forward to hearing from you.
    Thank You.

    Sincerely,

    Christopher Burt
    3ofakindproductions@gmail.com

    3 Of a Kind Productions
    133 Giles Street
    Ithaca, NY 1485

  • To Whom It May Concern:

    I am a PA for at CurrentTV, based out of Los Angeles, CA. I am posting on this website because of information I am seeking from the article printed in the New York Times on September 19th, 2006 titled: “It’s Muslim Boy Meets Girl, but Don’t Call It Dating.”

    I am currently in pre-production on a documentary looking into then events that take place at matrimonial banquets (speed dating) and the present struggle on keeping traditions between generations for Muslim-Americans. The reason I am posting here is because I am trying to make contacts for Muslim-Americans who are/have experienced matrimonial banquets, or a clash between traditions.

    I would greatly appreciate your cooperation if you could provide me with any insight.

    I look forward to hearing from you.
    Thank You.

    Sincerely,

    Christopher Burt
    cburt@current.com
    http://www.current.com

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