Date: 2018-04-15 20:48
“Dad said to me, ‘Did you think this is what we wanted for you? What would have made me proud is for you to be happy. We’ve made a really big mistake here. We’ve done the wrong thing by you. You may become the first divorcee in our family, but you need to get the hell out.’
There is applause, and the restaurant quickly fills with conversation and laughter. Unlike conventional speed-dating, where men rotate around the room and approach a different woman every few minutes when a timer goes off, Assafiri’s Muslim speed dating is a more informal affair.
The experience led her to create The Talk Show Series , a collection of seminars and videos to teach women confidence and self-esteem.
Dimopoulos is at a table speaking with Hanifa Deen, a Muslim, author and editor of Sultana’s Dream , an online magazine written and produced by Muslim women.
“A lot of the Muslim women here I’ve known for years and years and they are generous and brilliant, and sadly they haven’t been in the limelight. I want to give these women in our communities a platform.”
“Dad said to me, ‘Did you think this is what we wanted for you? What would have made me proud is for you to be happy. We’ve made a really big mistake here. We’ve done the wrong thing by you. You may become the first divorcee in our family, but you need to get the hell out,’” she said.
Hana Assafiri invites ‘generous and brilliant’ women to her Moroccan deli in Melbourne every fortnight for those who want to ‘ask a Muslim anything’ in a bid to create a more cohesive society, one conversation at a time
But the conversations are also intensely personal. Husna Pasha, an Indian Australian and Muslim, holds a table rapt by her story of arranging her own marriage to a devout and conservative Indian Muslim man at the age of 75. She thought by marrying her parents’ version of the ideal man, they would be proud of her.
I've always felt that age has nothing to do with whether someone is right for me. I'm much more interested in whether they can go dancing with me or keep up when we go hiking! But every dating site I've tried has made me feel like I'm 'old' and that I have to lie about my age. I love that Stitch doesn't match on ages – at last I don't feel I have to lie about my age.
Actually the speediest form of dating is when the bride and groom get to see each other in person for the first time at their marriage ! Lovely, no ? Recommend