I know a lot of single sistas.
They are smart, beautiful, college educated and all around wonderful women.
But for one reason or another they remain chronically single.
I call this condition SSS.
Also known as…
Single Sista Syndrome.
The symptoms might include the following:
Loss of excitement when meeting new brothas.
Consistent complaining and mood swings.
Comparing oneself to others within the same social circle.
Overconsumption of food items containing chocolate.
*If these symptoms last for more than 5 years please contact your nearest mosque, wali or closest married girlfriend.
Now, I am all up for Muslim women being proactive when it comes to their love lives. I know my transparency makes many people uncomfortable. I like to look at myself as following the sunnah.
Yes, yall following the sunnah!
I am exemplifying the example of the strong Muslim women that have come before me.
And this includes taking my life seriously and knowing what I want in a man…
Women need to be open as to what type of man they want and not be shy when approaching these subjects. Cultural implications have led to many Muslim women across the world not taking an active role in their search for a life partner.
Shyness is one thing but not having a voice in YOUR affairs is another.
By no means am I negating the importance of having a male guardian. I am simply stating that YOU need to take ownership instead of sitting around and doing absolutely nothing. Yes, as Muslims we understand that qadr (destiny) is already predetermined but please remember that we play a significant part as well.
My sista, this is your life. Don’t allow others to dictate the important matters that will ultimately effect you in the end.
Now I will admit that I have been a victim of SSS.
Personally this was due to several factors…
Being a Black SistaQueen raised in a predominantly Palestinian community my chances of meeting someone were pretty slim. Tribal mentalities, pride, and the risk of having nappy headed grandbabies was enough to deter the brothas that even expressed the slightest of interest in me.
Now miracles happen all day errrrr’day!
At one point I realized that I needed to take charge. Let it be known that I want to get married because I was not about to stay single forever.
Queens need kings, right?
Don’t be ashamed to have a standard. Don’t just marry the first fool that passes you and compliments your hijab. You will be with this person for the rest of your life and if you can’t see longevity then I suggest you reconsider.
The fall of my first marriage really put things into perspective for me. Many people in the community I was raised in look down on divorcees and if you’re a woman they’ll give you the shovel to dig your own grave.
Just know, that your self-worth and value should never be dependent on a man. YOU are an independent entity that deserves to love, be loved and bask in that love together forever!
I realized what I wanted and wasn’t ashamed to go after it, regardless of what people thought. I encourage you to do the same. Just be ready for criticism and judgement.
My sista, love is a beautiful thang when you find the person who is most deserving of you. Don’t be cold and harsh because there are many decent brothas out here looking for the same thing as you.
In 1987, LL Cool J admitted that he needed to be loved, but truth is that most men don’t express that emotional side.
Like I always say keep an open mind and a receiving heart.
We got this!