Here’s an inspirational story from a fan of the page “The Journey of a Pakistani American Marrying a Senegalese American ( @tima_dukes ) ❤
Since childhood, Mamadou and I were continuously acquainted through Sunday, middle and high school. -
The goal was always to meet someone who had a right balance between religion and life. He was precisely the kind of man I wanted to marry. However, I felt anxious about how my family would react. I thought to myself, “This is never going to happen”.
His parents were very open-minded when it came to marriage. My parents were VERY traditional. Fear pushed aside, I told my family. They advised me against marrying him as I would be “betraying the family”. They did not welcome the idea, and would not support it, despite him being a long-standing family friend. My family was concerned: “Log kya kahenge?” (What will people think?).
I realized quickly that I was fighting a losing battle, and I had to take a stand against this prejudice. After a few weeks of family feuding, my grandmother flew in from Pakistan and convinced my family to allow me to marry Mamadou. December 23rd, 2014 we were married. A day of joy, equally turned out to be a day of great sadness.
I didn’t have contact with my parents for the next nine months. Mamadou and I struggled, both financially and emotionally, but eventually worked it out! -
Today, we are proud home owners (a few houses away from my parent’s actually), and my family could not love and adore him MORE 💖 Despite the harshness of this journey, it is heartwarming that friends, family, and community members tell us we have inspired them to stand up for equality and push down on cultural superiority. We hope to encourage people to stand up for what’s right, and to show people that it is possible to live a full and content life. -Fatima Thioune ( @timaaa_ft )
Thank you for reading our story. Please follow us as we continue our journey on youtube spreading happiness and love! https://www.youtube.com/c/timadukes”.
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