A Muslim family is sharing its own advice on how to make the best of your marriage to help you and your family live a more fulfilling life.
CBC’s In Conversation program looks at whether there’s any evidence to suggest that there’s a correlation between religion and happiness, and how different religions can complement each other.
“We’ve got a lot of people in this country who are married to their partner of 12 years or longer, and they’re finding they have a lot more time together,” said Zulfiqar Ali Khan, a Sikh Muslim who is married to his partner of nine years.
“And they have more of an appreciation for each other, for the love and the passion.”
Khan said his wife, Asghar, who is a member of the Sikh community, was raised in a predominantly Hindu environment.
“She was raised with very little of the traditions that I had growing up,” Khan said.
“She’s always been the one to show me that it’s okay to celebrate holidays, and to celebrate different traditions.”
Khan’s wife, who has since moved on to a new life in Canada, is now a devout Muslim.
“I feel like she has always been more open to the fact that you can’t do everything for everybody, so I’m proud to be a Sikh, I’m a Muslim,” Khan explained.
The Khans, who live in Mississauga, Ont., have had three children, ages 12, 14 and 16, and Khan said they’ve never had a problem finding a partner who respects their religion.””
So we are very happy, and we’re very happy together.”
The Khans, who live in Mississauga, Ont., have had three children, ages 12, 14 and 16, and Khan said they’ve never had a problem finding a partner who respects their religion.
“It’s very hard, you know, we’re a very conservative Muslim family,” Khan told In Conversation host Emma Green.
We just try to find what we feel is right.”””
There’s a lot going on in our lives that don’t align with what we want.
We just try to find what we feel is right.””
The only thing that really matters is our love for our family, our family’s love for us, and then we’ll be OK.”
The couple is currently working on a documentary on the topic, which will feature interviews with the parents of three children.
“When we are together, we really do enjoy each other’s company, we have a great time together, and I think that’s really what we love about our family,” he said.
Khan’s wife said that as a devout Sikh, she would encourage her husband to get involved with others in his community.
“I think we’re going to continue to grow together,” Khan joked.
“You know, my husband, as a Muslim, he has this whole other side, he’s not afraid to express his views, and so that’s the best thing we can do is help each other and be supportive and encourage each other to make mistakes.”