“He is educated, Mashallah …a lawyer, and the age difference is just right. I talked to his mother, too. She was absolutely delightful, she agreed with me on everything! She is sending his picture through the e-mail right now.” Barely able to contain her excitement, my mother grabs her reading glasses and positions herself before the monitor. It is the Moment of Truth.
As we wait for what could be a life-changing email, I start to imagine what this lawyer might look like. Could there be a possible mix of Will Smith and Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan? I wonder if he has any acting skills. I just pray that he has a personality.
After refreshing the page at least twelve times, the e-mail appears before us. “Well, go on! Open it! Ya Allah, please let this be THE ONE!”
Not at all feeling the pressure now, I open the e-mail and… silence.
For two long minutes, my mom stares at the picture. Then she walks away.
A minute later, she comes back with my Dad. Now both stare at the screen for what seems like eternity.
Finally he speaks: “Rung kum hai.” He is dark. (READ MORE)
Editor’s note: Shazia Kamal is an Associate Editor for AltMuslimah. Her views are solely her own.