Hassan Ahmed and Sunita Marshall‘s marriage is a great example of how people who belong to two different religions can be together, regardless of all the odds. Of course, there are challenges on the way to a successful interfaith marriage, but if you are determined to make it work, you are likely to live happily ever after. The key is to communicate. During an exclusive interview with Ahsan Khan on the show Time Out with Ahsan Khan, both the stars revealed how it went down the lane for them.
How the two met
The duo met during work and dated for over 5 years. Ahsan asked Hassan to tell the audience how he was able to marry the supermodel. Hassan began saying, “I was head-over-heels after Sunita for five years. I used to message her, receiving no response for years, but they say when you want something, be stubborn about it.”
Marshall added, “I’m a very private person who doesn’t entertain everybody. When Hassan would message, I wondered if it’s one of the common prank calls that models usually receive. I guess my marriage to Hassan was written in the fate that I responded to him. We exchanged some texts than for months, and well, here we are.” However, their relationship did get rocky due to religious differences.
Hassan wished to settle, but the road to the end was difficult and full of complex questions. He said, “I was the first to initiate the idea of settling down, But Sunita’s parents downright refused the proposal. When we met after a couple of months, things fell apart, and we took a break for five months until we couldn’t stand being apart.”
The 38-year-old added, “My family always had issues with my relationship. But my father has always been supportive of me. My mother being religious, was concerned about how things would be in our future, the kids, and so much more…” Even after knowing each other for years, the process of convincing and sorting out situations took a toll on both of them.
What religion do the kids follow?
The couple has two little kids together. On this matter, Sunita said, “Our kids are 100% Muslim, but we don’t restrict them from celebrating any other festivities. On Christmas, they celebrate just like how it’s done in my family.”
Does the couple face religious conflicts back home?
Hassan explained that they do have their own set of issues, but regardless, the couple has made it through thick and thin and will remain to do so. Hassan said, “Of course, religious conflicts are present in my house. Some people assume it doesn’t happen when, on the other hand, we do face issues on our own. For instance, around Christmas, we decorate the tree and have a certain place in the house, but my family disagrees to even have it in our home”.
He added, “My kids don’t go to church or perform activities but being a part of festivities from where my wife comes from teaches them how to respect others who are different than you.”
Little conflicts happen. If two adults sit down and decide how things will work between them, how the kids will be brought up, and other important details, it tends to work out well under such circumstances. Have something to add? Let us know in the comment section below.
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