- An American man and his Egyptian wife recounted how they triumphed over religion to get married
- Michael and Somaia fell in love, but she rejected him since he was a Christian
- Determined to make it work, Michael converted to Islam before marrying Somaia
A Christian man from the US and an Egyptian Muslim lady have proven that love triumphs over all after getting married.
Sharing their love story with The Guardian, 40-year-old Michael and 30-year-old Somaia said they met in Egypt and fell in love in 2015.
According to Michael, he travelled to the North African country to study Arabic, and Somaia was his teacher.
“He was a VIP student, so I knew I had to be careful with his programme," Somaia said.
Michael said that Somaia initially came across as cold, but he later learned that she was formal as her bosses asked her to give him special treatment.
Falling in love
However, she soon relaxed, and their friendship blossomed.
During the Holy month of Ramadan, Somaia invited Michael for an Iftar dinner, and they chatted late into the night. At this point, Somaia still viewed him as a friend.
Not long after, she accompanied him to buy some souvenirs for his family, and during the trip, Michael realised he wanted them to be more than friends.
Somaia rejects him
Before leaving for the US, he made his intentions known, but she turned him down.
“I had all these feelings, but I put them away because I didn’t think it could work," Somaia, who was previously married, said.
According to Michael, he did not know it is illegal for a Muslim woman to marry a non-Muslim man.
While in the US, Michael resolved to convert to Islam and Somaia's mother gave them her blessing.
The couple exchanged vows in 2016 at the Ministry of Justice and planned a wedding. However, after a plane crash, they cancelled the wedding since the US warned its citizens against travelling to Egypt.
In December 2016, they applied for Somaia’s green card, but it was delayed because Donald Trump had banned people from some Muslim majority countries from relocating to the US.
Michael opted to move to Egypt instead.
However, Somaia's green card was recently approved, and they are planning on relocating to the US.
Beautiful wedding pictures show stunning bride with amazing hijab
Previously, Briefly News reported that a Muslim wedding ceremony has got people applauding how simplicity can create so much beauty. In photos shared by Nigerian Muslim Bridals on Facebook, the man is turbaned while the woman has her full hijab on.
In the photos shared, they both had amazing smiles on their faces. On the side of the groom is a beautifully decorated cake. In one of the snaps, the bride is captured as she takes a seat beside her lover.
The man's white clothes match well with the colour of their love sofa. The background was done to great taste.
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