He was pretty tall and well put together, but there was a certain anxiety about him.
He asked if we could speak in private and when we were out of earshot of most he said he was getting married in a few weeks and needed my help with something.
That perspective can also be broadened by having more open discussions as opposed to lectures and panels.
Talk to the people in your community about what it means to them to be son or daughter, a husband or wife, a father or mother, a professional, a student, a divorcee, a widow, a survivor, a leader, and everything in between.
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This is not just from the standpoint of not doing something, but helping our young people be smart about decisions they make.
We can learn a lot from hearing other people's stories -- it's a learning method we don't really use so much.
Personal development seminars that speak to the needs of a growing population looking for help in simply knowing how to talk to the opposite gender would be great.
Many young women that I've spoken to who have had pregnancy scares or young men that have developed illnesses could have been avoided if in their learning process someone spoke to them about relationships in a way that was relevant to their lives, not just with a sweeping statement of "stay away from all boys." The Holy Qur'an () The fundamental component of our community is the family unit, and in order for the family unit to be successful and healthy, there has to be a solid communication between the husband and wife.
Expectations of what I'm looking for and what I need in a marriage aren't ever properly understood because I haven't really figured it out that well.