Marriage: Making it Work

1. Be conscious of your physical appearance.
The Prophet sallallahu alaihi wa sallam’s sunnah reflects attention to personal hygiene and grooming. Most likely the first aspect of you that attracted your mate was your appearance, so don't think that because you’re married the task is over.

2. Be a companion to your mate.
Try to show enthusiasm for your spouse's interests and hobbies.

3. Have a sense of humour.
Be able to chuckle at life's minor aggravations.

4. Be modest with members of the opposite sex.
Be conscious of Islamic rules regarding speaking to and interacting with members of the opposite sex. Do not test your spouse's affection by feigning interest in another.

5. Surprise each other with gifts.
Treat her to an evening out alone, away from the children. There are no words to describe the lift this can give to a marriage.

6. Live within your means.
Stay away from credit cards and accounts as far as possible. Don't envy others.

7. Respect your mate's need for privacy.
A quiet time to oneself each day can work wonders for a person’s mood.

8. Be sensitive to your mate's moods.
If you want to share a personal achievement, don't do it when your spouse is down in the dumps. Wait for the proper time.