When he was offered a job in his home country of Yemen, he decided to go. “My father made it explicitly clear that he thought I was being ridiculous. I wouldn't convert or exchange my religion for anything. We debate about religion a lot, sometimes what feels like way too much for a young, childless couple living in 2016. for love? I couldn’t have been more wrong,” Aliyah recalls. You can carry out all of the practices, implement all of the policies, and still not truly, unreservedly believe in what you are doing.”, But hindsight is a wonderful thing, and while Aliyah doesn’t regret her decision – saying she "cannot be ashamed of it" because she has her son as a result – she is remorseful of how quickly it all happened. But her excessive eagerness to enter into this relationship wasn’t the most controversial aspect. When we – a Muslim and a Christian – fell in love, we didn’t think much about the differences in our religions. Renters are only two pay cheques off from eviction, Kate Middleton on handling "toddler tantrums", Meghan and Harry are excited to decorate for Xmas, Cosmopolitan, Part of the Hearst UK Fashion & Beauty Network. … My parents always taught me to seek the truth and follow it wherever it led me; and that is my driving factor in religion. Both of us dont practice religion too much. Happens quite often in Real Life, particularly with religions which do not allow their believers to marry outside their faith. “Nadheer's family weren’t celebrating. It felt so exotic and almost like we were playing make believe. A day after the Uttar Pradesh government promulgated Prohibition of Unlawful Conversion of Religion Ordinance, 2020, a case has been registered under the ordinance at Deorania Police station in Bareilly against a man, who is accused of forcibly converting a girl. “The older women were nice, with the exception of Nadheer's mother. We will have to endure many more since he is in the military. He is Muslim and I am Christian...technically. She has suggested we all take a family holiday, but I’m too scared to get a passport for Yasser in case his father’s family try to kidnap him and take him to Asia.”. But ehhhhâ¦we kind of seem doomed from the startâI would never switch religions for a guy, and I don't expect him to do that for me. Unfortunately, this wasn’t quite the case. Thus "religious conversion" would describe the abandoning of adherence to one denomination and affiliating with another. My mother was finding it hard too and would beg me to come home, but we were at loggerheads about my decision. She thought I was being reckless while I thought she was being unsupportive.”. A very religious mother and actress, Portman, 32, has said before she … The freedom we experience in Christ gives birth to lasting joy and … The subject of religion didn’t come up for quite a while – I knew that he was Muslim, but nothing about his lifestyle suggested he was extremely devout. She wants to be a grandmother to my baby. The Imam was a very friendly lady, she spoke to me very openly about the struggles she had faced becoming a female Imam, and said that I was always welcome to contact her if I needed advice or guidance. I told him that I would do anything, even it meant converting to Islam.”, “Islam is a truly beautiful religion. Aliyah is 21 and lives in Bradford, West Yorkshire with her son Yasser, who is 20 months old. I hastily blurted out something incredibly misguided – that I would marry him if it meant we could be together.”. Aliyah – who used to be called Alexandra - met Yasser’s father, Nadheer*, online when she was 17. I got in my mother’s car and told her to just drive.”, Arriving home was a weird feeling at first. But I still wouldn't believe in that religion, I'd be lying if I said I did. In name of conversion, UP ‘love jihad’ law targets inter-faith unions The Uttar Pradesh Prohibition of Unlawful Conversion of Religion Ordinance, 2020, promulgated last week, specifically prohibits any conversion for marriage, even if it is with the consent of the individual except when prior sanction is obtained from the state. It was approaching Ramadan when Aliyah became officially engaged to Nadheer. “In my head, I had completely romanticised the idea of meeting Nadheer's family. Why? She knew in her heart that she didn’t love Nadheer as she should, but she was terrified of admitting it and looking like she had strung him along. He told me that his brother had read messages between him and me on their shared computer and had informed his parents that Nadheer was dating a white girl. Saturday September 19 2015. For this reason, Islam is th… "Islam has taught me a lot of important things; family is everything to them, and maybe that's why they found it difficult to accept me so readily. Hinduism is your truth, Islam is hers. "The younger girls, including Nadheer's sisters, were very cliquey and cast patently obvious bitchy glances towards me at all times. Over the ensuing months, the in-laws' enthusiasm over the baby became overbearing. I… my friend Meredith squealed, "I have got the PERFECT guy for you!" “They were excitedly making plans to shave my baby’s head and arranging his circumcision when I didn’t think I wanted any of these things to happen in the first place.
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