A major part of creating a beloved community is the creation of a family but a Muslim marriage crisis is at our doorstep.
The ISNA marriage banquet sold out for the women's section weeks in advance, while men strolled in at the last minute.
Al Rahmah Marriage Bureau in Baltimore has two women for every man in its database.
At a local marriage brunch, many of the women attending were born and raised in the US, educated and articulate, while most of the men were first generation immigrants, without large local networks.
Another phenomenon faced by several ethnic communities is that many educated men marry outside of their community, race and religion.
They are not as bound by the ticking biological clock factor and can usually (not always) find a wife when they get serious about marriage.
Nawaz Khan*, in his 70s, has coffee with his wife in the lobby of the Walter E. He is in tears, worried about his very well-educated daughter's prospects of finding a husband. He is amongst the many worried parents at the ISNA convention.At any Muslim marriage event, there are more females attendees than males.Adherence to cultural norms and expectations, generational disparity and the neglect of the Islamic standard for the choice of partners are also hurdles single American Muslims face.There is an extraordinary number of very educated women in their thirties and above who have not found a spouse.As intelligent, educated, single women venture to find men to set the cornerstone for a family, they cannot find suitable matches.Women in their late 20s and early 30s, urged to be educated all their lives, settle into their careers or studies, suddenly become less desirable mates to some men.