If you’re serious about really getting this concept, we’d like you do a quick exercise (without anyone’s help, just by yourself).
First part of the exercise (three questions):
1) Write down 3-5 sentences describing yourself.
2) Write down 3-5 sentences about what kind of man you are looking for.
3) Write in only one sentence what you will not consider in a man.
It is important that you know how to speak about yourself confidently. It is not humility to be unable to describe yourself, and just smile and fumble over words.
Oftentimes, when we think we are acting humbly we are actually attempting to hide our lack of self-esteem and lack of recognition of the qualities that Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) has given us to share with others.
Remember: you are not going around praising yourself; you are describing yourself for marriage. Think about it.
Now, for the second part of the exercise:
Go back and re-read your answers and ask yourself the following:
1) How true are the things I just wrote down? Is this really me? Is this how my friends and family would describe me?
2) What have I said that would be interesting to the kind of brother I am looking to meet?
As you think about the words, phrases, feelings, and qualities that you would choose, you will find that you may have some of the qualities your ‘Mr. Right’ will like and you may have some qualities your ‘Mr. Right’ will not like.
Being too personal is not a good idea. Same is true for being too professional.
Whatever the case is, the keyword you need to remember is: “balance.”
Here is the key concept, the bottom line: Learn how to speak about yourself, learn how to describe yourself in a way that allows you to be confident, and beautiful in your modesty, that will connect with the words and thoughts in the mind of your Mr. Right.
Think about how you want to present yourself — the qualities you want to highlight which matter a lot to him, not what makes you fall in love with your own self!
After all, you are looking for a husband, someone from the opposite gender (not a female friend or a buddy).
Just a side note: if you do use a picture in a marriage resume (with permission from your wali!), please do not try to look like America’s next top hijabi model like the ones you see online, and particularly on the infamous Facebook. Too many sisters try puckering their lips, looking over their shoulders with some sultry pout, etc. which turns off the kind of practicing man you are really seeking.
So, stick to a photo that has hayaa in the image; something normal and natural.
While you are searching for your Mr. Right, remember that in these moments there must be hidden gifts. As Muslims, we are to believe that there is an advantage to every situation in which we find ourselves.
Look at the time that has elapsed, and ask yourself:
“I’m not married, although I’ve been trying for a long time. What is it that Allah wants me to learn? What message, what lesson is waiting for my heart?”
We ask Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) to bless you with sabr, first and foremost, because Allah loves those who have patience, and He is close to those who have sabr.
We ask Allah to bring into your life the kind of husband you are searching for, and to allow your journey from start to finish to be a means of growing closer to Allah, finding His rahmah, and leading you to ever-increasing levels ofeman.