SAima & Tahell
“We dated for two years, as we were finishing college. I had a few people asking me for marriage. I had a dilemma in my head. I hated lying to my family and God.
We were talking about it, and we just sat down and we were like is this something you are interested in We agreed that it was the right thing to do.”
“Before, I didn’t think about marriage, it was just a signing of some papers and then you’re the same but forever. Since then, now I realise it’s a lot more. It’s more support, it’s being more understanding and being there for each other constantly.
“We had a winter ball and I was just like it would be nice to go with someone. This was the weirdest way, I asked him. I said to him: ‘Do you want to go that thing?’ and he’s like: ‘Nah, I’m alright’. I was like well: ‘You know if you get two tickets, it’s discounted’.”
“I can ignore that quite well, for Tahell it’s different. Like stereotypically in Asian families, girls don’t have the pressure of having to find a job and having a mortgage. Guys have that harder.”
- Saima on early difficulties of ignoring what people said
“I managed my stress by focusing on work and university rather than the negative. I knew I was doing this for the sake of Allah so I left it to Allah."