I want to introduce myself to you. My name is Hassan Butt. I was born in Karachi, Pakistan, into a traditionally Sunni household. We migrated to the states in 1988, living briefly first in New York before residing in Danbury, CT, our current residence. I have a loving mother, two older female siblings and three nieces. My father passed away in 2005 while I was still in college. Im fluent in Urdu, which is my native language, and I am currently in the process of studying Arabic. The people in my household are all good Muslims, although my mother and I are particularly inclined in spirituality.
I have a bachelors degree in religion with a concentration in Islam from the George Washington University, and a masters degree in information science from the University of Illinois. I currently work at New York University cataloging Arabic monographs.
In terms of personal interests, I enjoy reading in general, although I have a penchant for poetry, especially of the Islamic genre (Rumi, Hafez, Imam Shafi, Hazrat Ali, etc.). I also enjoy traveling, watching nature and movies, eating good foods, and spending time with family and spiritually-uplifting company. Moreover, Im pretty good at changing diapers, Im free-spirited, and I love humor. Finally, my interests include, but are not limited to Islamic philosophy and the science of Tathir al-Qalb (purification of the heart).
My spiritual life is everything to me (I practice the Maliki fiqh), but I also like to find a balance with worldly life, as is exemplified by our prophet (SAW), who was a merchant, a statesman, a father, a friend, a lawmaker, and very much involved in society. To further explain the reason for my spiritual inclination, I want relate to you a story of a Junayd al-Baghdadi (a eight century Islamic scholar), whom after his passing appeared in one of his disciples dream. The student said, Oh, master. What has happened to you now that you are in the next world?, to which Junayd replied, All my knowledge was stripped away from me, and all that mattered was a few prayers I performed in the night. This story teaches me that what truly matters is what one brings to the grave, in this case what one did for Gods sake. Thus, for me, to be a Muslim means to love ones neighbors and use Gods gifts to seek His pleasure (ridha), for example, by giving zakat (charity) and sharing knowledge. I understand that I am not a perfect person, but I am trying to live my life in with this mindset. I hope marriage will help close the gaps and lapses in my faith, like the hadith "Marriage completes half of faith" suggests.
This is why I am searching for a companion whom I can benefit from spiritually, who in walking towards God, I can lean on, and vice-a-versa. I have been brought up in the states but still do value my traditions, etc. family is important to me. I am looking for someone who is a practicing Muslim, intelligent, and someone who understands the importance of marriage. Compassion. Trust.I consider myself a traditional person and I am looking for someone similar, and who will complement me. Thus, if I am peanut butter, I would need someone to be my jelly. And if I am a car engine, I would need someone to be the gasoline. In other words, I do not mind differences, provided we can work together effectively. I have to admit, however, that I am not flawless---my artificiality pushes me to expect some level of attraction between myself and a prospective mate. Yet, I am also aware that beauty is not everything and will fade away with time. Therefore, I believe there also have to be some other things that keep a couple together---things that transcend the physical domain, mainly knowledge and virtue. I also hope to see these qualities in a prospective mate. I strive for perfection in what I do despite knowing my own imperfections, so I hope for a companion that will help me become a better person and is open for a mutual relationship. I am looking for someone who is open-minded and will not impose her religious views on me.
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