This project was first dreamed up on a cold snowy day in Canada about five years ago by Fouzia Usman, the first founder of Practimate, who has a passion for helping not only getting singles married, but a desire to see them prepared for marriage so their future relationship is one that is happy and filled with barakah insha'Allah. Originally from India, Fouzia resides with her husband and three children in California, dedicated to projects that revive the Muslim Ummah and creating resources and solutions for some of our challenges in the West.
Practimate launched the first Marriage Revolution in 2008 with unique, hands on, training programs, coaching, and events led by Shaykh Yaser Birjas from the AlMaghrib Institute and Strategic Intervention Coach Megan Wyatt, also a co-founder for Practimate.
Practimate is the only pre-marital training company designed for single practicing Muslims in the West who want to get married without compromising their Deen, and with the understanding of their Western upbringing.
And now The Marriage Revolution is back, re-launching for 2013! Bringing to the Muslim Ummah not just information, but activities, mentoring, and events that will create positive impacts in your life beyond just the scope of getting married.
Our Personal Stories
Here is a glimpse into our own personal inspirations as a team!
Shaykh Yaser Birjas
Co-Founder and Practimate’s In-House Imam
“My name is Yaser Birjas. I am a marriage counselor and I have also been teaching seminars on the topic of marriage across the United States for many years now.
As a teacher and counselor, I have been shocked to find that many young Muslims are completely clueless about marriage, as a result of which they delay this important part of life considerably, and eventually just ‘settle down’ one day, more out of a sense of desperation and a fear of spending the rest of their lives alone, than anything else.
I have found that practicing people in particular, want to go about getting married ‘the right way,’ without violating the rules, i.e. they don't want to do something haraam on the path of doing something halaal. However, the sheer lack of preparation and training for this crucial aspect of life is just mind-boggling, and it is my opinion – based on this experience – that the main reason for the high divorce rate was that brothers and sisters were jumping into marriage without knowing enough about each other.
They also had idealistic expectations of marriage and were ignorant about the responsibilities attached to getting married, as well as their respective roles as husbands and wives. Muslims living in the West are facing a CRISIS where marriage is concerned.
So, it became a must for me to establish a professional service which would in sha Allah fill the void for the many practicing single Muslims out there who sincerely want to prepare for and find their mates in a halaal and practical manner. This is why when I met the other like-minded individuals who wanted to start a similar service, I grabbed the opportunity to become involved, and the rest, like they say, will in sha Allah be history.”
Co-Founder and Original Dreamer for Practimate
“My name is Fouzia Usman and I am married with 3 children. When I immigrated to the United States ten years ago, I was shocked by the high rate of divorce amongst Muslims, and particularly saddened by the effect this had on children who had to live between their parents. Back in India, when I was growing up, divorce was rare. It was painful for me to witness the disintegration of many Muslim families.
I realized that one of the main reason for the high divorce rate was that brothers and sisters were jumping into marriage without knowing enough about each other. They also had idealistic expectations of marriage and were ignorant about the responsibilities attached to getting married, as well as their respective roles as husbands and wives.
I also came across many good brothers and sisters who wanted to get married, but didn’t know where to find a partner they would be compatible with, as a result of which they remained single for many years.
I had a vision of creating a service which would fulfill all the marriage-related needs of Muslims living in the West, from training them for the realities of marriage to assisting them in finding suitable partners. I was glad to find that there were at least three other people who had a similar vision, and knowing that a collective effort would probably be more powerful than a singular one, I teamed up with them to give life to the vision we all shared and that's how Practimate was born.”
Co-Founder, and Practimate’s Strategic Intervention Coach
“My name is Megan Wyatt, and my passion is working with individuals to deepen their sense of self and connection to who they want to be in their lives. Working with Muslims for the past five years as a personal coach has shown me that many single Muslims are struggling to not only find a spouse, but drifting in a sea of confusion about what marriage is about. There is fear of marrying the wrong person, fear of divorce, fear of being controlled for women, or disrespected for men, and fear of not being good enough for marriage.
Everyone wants to get married because of what they want marriage to bring them in their lives, but few people are prepared to be in a place of giving for their future spouse. So between the fears and confusion of precisely why marriage is so important, we see single muslim men and women delaying marriage, not knowing how to choose, and being clueless about what is coming after marriage.
I want to provide the opportunity for singles to find their other half as their authentic selves, trusting in the process that Islam provides, and helping them not just meet “the one,” but also be mentally prepared for the new changes life will bring them once married. A romantic at heart, I value the importance singles in the West place on love, and pray that through our programs they begin to develop a deeper understanding and appreciation of what true love for the sake of Allah looks like in action. “
“My name is Atiq Naqarwala, and after having been incredibly active with the Muslim community over the past eight years, I have seen many singles struggling to get married, and I’ve always done my best to help them. When I found out about Fouzia’s idea for Practimate, I got on board wanting to see the same kind of support and help being offered to single Muslims, but in a more organized fashion, allowing all of us to reach more brothers and sisters than we could do each working on our own. As a married man with three young children, while also pursuing a Degree MBA and masters of finance, one of the special areas of focus I want to bring singles, especially men, is how to manage and prepare yourself financially for marriage. There are many different things you need to know while going through the marriage process, but no doubt both before and after marriage, finances have a major influence on saying or getting a “yes” to/from a potential spouse, and the level of satisfaction after marriage is proportional to how finances are handled as a couple.”
Practimate and The Marriage Revolution was built from the very beginning with an additional co-founder Sharif Faizullah. His hard work, determination, and vision for how many Muslims we could reach and support throughout the marriage process continues to fuel our work, and we ask Allah to reward him for all of his contributions to the foundation of Practimate. While he currently pursues his own path as an Imam at theAbrar in New York, we are indebted to Allah and then him for the work he has left behind that Muslims singles will continue to benefit from up to today.