thewaywemet"Back in 2007, I felt like my life had hit a dead end while living in Detroit. I knew it was time to embark on a new adventure, so I decided to move to the UK for Optometry school. Matthew and I met during my clinical year at a local Optometry practice in Bath. He stood out to me immediately. I found him insanely funny and we became fast friends. Others realized early on before we did how much we both lit each other up. Friends tried to convince us to date, but we both denied our feelings for each other since we knew I was eventually moving back to the US. Not only did we come from opposite sides of the world, but very different cultures as well. One night, I jokingly admitted to his friend that I needed to find a way to take Matthew back to the States with me. His friend of course ran and told him, and that was all Matthew needed to hear. He walked straight over to me and kissed me. After 2.5 years of dating, we were married this past September. However, our story hasn't just been one big fairytale; there were a lot of hurdles we had to jump over to get to where we are. Being that I'm Pakistani, my parents expected me to have an arranged marriage and I was forbidden to date. If I had met someone that I was interested in, I was supposed to tell them and get their consent. I kept Matthew a secret from my family for a long time because I knew they wouldn't approve. When I finally broke the news, they were furious and my dad wouldn't speak to me for weeks. They eventually came around, but their blessing came with a lot of concessions. Matthew had to adopt a Muslim name in order to save face in our community, so he took on the name Mahdi. He also converted from Christianity to Muslim. We had a traditional Pakistani Muslim wedding which lasted 4 days and included many of our custom ceremonies such as the stealing of the groom's shoes. This is when the women on the bride's side steal the groom's shoes and hold them for ransom until he negotiates for them back. Matthew has sacrificed a lot to be with me. To top it off, I haven't seen him since our wedding because he is back in the UK awaiting the approval of his visa. It's been a long journey, but we love each other."
- fats0007Thank you @f.muday !
- annadee99@christinedee99 he HAD to become muslim
- 05machine@jaiivee the dude had to become Muslim haha
- nidabhurgri@javeriyaaftab 😍
- kaurageous_wanderlusterThis is so cute!! @__k.a.u.r__ @its_blinkerbell anything is possible 😉😉😍😳💞💕
- sonyaliuwho@trtiana ❤️
- trtiana@sonyaliuwho 😭😭😭😭 one day
- __k.a.u.r__@kaurageous_wanderluster that is so sweet 😊😊
- katjaodegaard@brittanyosti this instagram gives me hope
- brittanyosti@katjaodegaard omg i love reading these its so cute
- thedemonsin@desilou42 Wow, you're pretty ignorant and stupid. Let me guess, Trump supporter? Democracy, capitalism, and the U.S. bill of rights and constitution are not based on Judeo-Christian doctrine. The founding fathers stressed the idea of separation of church and state. "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances." - Bill of Rights, Amendment I. So, if you want to live somewhere where the laws of the land are based on the Bible, you're the one that needs to leave North America. Apparently you haven't read the Bible and it's obscure laws about killing drunk and rebellious teenagers, to the subjugation of women, killing homosexuals, and also killing non-believers. Never heard of the inquisition I assume? Fuck Christianity and fuck Islam, fuck religion period.
- shaistashoffeeWow he must have really liked her! @anny_appl3
- nabzzzzzzyOmg this is nice, reAd this once @hasitc
- pecky04I like this story but I'm not sure I would convert to another religion out of LOVE but find it romantic nevertheless!
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