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Secret to marriage is forgiving mistakes: sermon

The Friday sermon this week is about the virtues of marriage.

Understanding a wife's capabilities and excusing her mistakes is the key to a successful marriage, Muslims will be advised today in the Friday sermon.

"Marriage life is the base of the family and society, and it is the source to prepare an elite generation. And the Quran has set bases that will enhance its stability," the sermon says.

The relationship should be based on love, chemistry and peace, because the goal of having a life partner is to feel secure, comfortable and happy with that person.

"And of his signs is this: He created for you helpmeets from yourselves that you might find rest in them, and he ordained between you love and mercy. Lo! Herein indeed are portents for folk who reflect," the sermon cites from the Quran.

Fatima Al Ghailani, 26, an Emirati housewife, who married her cousin around a year ago, said ignoring "small things" is essential to eliminating nagging that leads to a stressful marriages.

"For example, clothes dropped on the floor, leaving the bathroom floor wet or flooded with water, not putting the cover back on the toothpaste. These things usually get on my nerves," she said.

However, since she plans on keeping her marriage successful she learned to turn a blind eye to it all.

From her husband's side, she thinks he tries to ignore that she fidgets with her BlackBerry all the time, which she thinks upsets him when they are together.

"So he doesn't complain and start a fight about it," she said.

hdajani@thenational.ae

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