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The Keyboard to Happiness - Maryam and Mohamed

The Keyboard to Happiness - Maryam and Mohamed

Issue 65 February 2010

Both divorced and each with a young child, Mohamed and Maryam weren’t sure if they’d find the companion they were looking for. Muslim matrimonial site united the two.


My family are atheists. I was as well until I went to Egypt. I met with the local people and it changed my opinion of Islam altogether. I observed a warmth within the people, and saw that women wore hijab because they themselves wanted to; it wasn’t forced upon them. It was perceived as a symbol of empowerment for the women there and that really intrigued me. It was also the first time I heard the call to prayer. That had a monumental affect on me and I was immediately drawn towards Islam.


I was born and brought up in Oldham and have a big family – five brothers and three sisters. My father died when I was six so that gave me a different outlook on society. I took on a great deal of responsibility very early and thankfully became more practising.

At 21, I had an arranged marriage in Bangladesh in 2004. I was suffering from a great deal of stress at the time but agreed to the marriage. Unfortunately, we encountered a great deal of problems which couldn’t be resolved and we subsequently divorced. I recognised early on that there were great differences in our perceptions and ideas. In a relationship, I was looking for respect, understanding and comfort, and I didn’t find these in my previous marriage.


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