I'm Nadia. I'm 15 years old living in Sydney, Australia and unfortunately, I despise my family. I was born and raised in a strict Muslim household and am not allowed to do anything. My older sister, aged 19, is now getting an arrange marriage and honestly, she couldn't be happier. I know when my time comes I'll be miserable and I don't think I'll be able to say no to them. Which is why next year I plan on leaving and staying with my best friend whilst working at her mothers restaurant. Blood isn't what makes family, family. It's understanding, love, acceptance and freedom of choice. Which most of the time you can only find outside 'family'.
int3gritee int3gritee
18-21, F
2 Responses Aug 24, 2014

One of my friends is still dealing with this and she is in her 20s. What's so sad is that she may by breaking up with the non-Muslim man she has been with for years (in secret) because her family will disown her if they find out. And he wont fight for her because he doesn't want to be responsible for destroying her family. My advice would be get out early the longer you leave it the harder it will be to leave. My friend is considering staying single forever, plus her mum says its inappropriate for her to move out until she is married (to a Muslim man) so she will have to stay there and be miserable. I don't know how to help her, unlike you her sisters are in unhappy arranged marriages, but she is expected to be nice to the men who abuse her sisters due to tradition. Good luck, get out!

Hi Nadia,
It is sad that family force their children to follow their life views. As we each have our own path to lead.
How we love GOD - should be from our own heart. Then it is true.
So be very careful how you go about your life.
Ask your guardian angle to protect you.
Quote for you:
We are each of us angels with only one wing. And we can fly only by embracing each other. Luciano de Crescenzo

thank you, and I'll keep that in mind :)