Sophie is confused. She is a Christian and is dating Hakim who is a Muslim. She loves him. He loves her. How can loving someone from a different religion be wrong?
“My brother and Hakim played ruby together at the same high school. I never really thought much of him. And after they graduated, I no longer saw him around. Life went on…
“Until a year ago… I was leaving a coffee house in town when I heard my name being called and to my surprise it was Hakim. He was more handsome than I remembered him. We hugged and spoke for some time. He tried to convince me to stay longer. But I declined. I was worn out from a long day. We exchanged numbers and that’s when it all began.
“When I sat in the matatu on the way home, I began to blush and feel hot. I thought I was sick. I guess I was: love sick. He was all I could think about. That night I slept like a baby.
“I woke up the next day so full of life and refreshed. When I grabbed my phone to turn off the alarm, there was a text message:
“‘Good morning Sunshine, was great to see you yesterday, I hope I can see you today to warm up my day. Hakim.’
“No revolting text language. It was articulate and adorable. I was dying. I texted back with a smiley and ‘Yes, see you at 6pm…’
“Can I say that was the best day of my life? And it has only grown from there. Hakim and I are officially a couple and talking about our careers and our dreams. About marriage and raising a family. But there’s something that keeps nagging at me. I am ‘saved’. You know, the Christian belief of dedicating your life to God and living like Christ did. And Hakim is a Muslim.
“We respect each other’s faith, but a scripture says I shouldn’t be ‘unequally yoked with an unbeliever’ – anyone who is not ‘saved’. But he is an amazing man and more decent than the Bible thumpers I go to church with. I don’t know what to do.
“Hakim is the man for me. In a sense, he is also a believer. And does God really care about who I date? Does it really change anything? He is a good person. He is spiritual. He loves me. He treats me like a queen and with so much respect. I love him with my whole being. What could be wrong with that?”