Who said only young people use marriage apps?
“Age is just a number,” as the adage goes, and it couldn’t be truer when it comes to love. Nabilah, 57, and Yusuf, 67 were not expecting to find love again at their age, but despite their reservations, were able to connect through muzmatch and get swiftly married. We couldn’t be more thrilled for the newlyweds and wish them a happy life together insha’Allah.
Here’s the moving story of how Nabilah and Yusuf met as told by Nabilah’s daughter, Yasmina.
My mum and dad got divorced when I was 13 years old (I’m 29 now). My father remarried while my mum went on to live a normal and simple life as a single mum. For years, she never even thought about meeting someone new. She’s in her late 50s and gave up on love a long time ago. Instead, she spent her time looking after her young grandkids.
Then one Eid, the whole family got together and my mum asked my cousin “when are you going to get married aye?” My cousin replied “you first aunty” and we all laughed.
That night my sister and I decided to take action. Together we made a muzmatch profile for mum and we swiped the night away! Then Yusuf appeared on the screen. His bio said he was an older man, a Hajji, prays five times a day, enjoys going to the gym and travelling. We swiped right and it was a match! We got my mum to have a look, and she exclaimed: “NO WAY AM I EVEN GOING TO THINK ABOUT MARRIAGE!!!” She went on with excuses like, “look at my age!” “What would people think?” “How can I get married before my own daughter?” “Pfft no way!” But later that night, she messaged him and he messaged her back.
Within a week they went on their first date. It was at, wait for it, PIZZA HUT! LOL! #adorable
I got my mum glammed up and my sister dropped her off. We waited patiently by our phones for the verdict. She finally called. My mum said nervously: “He just dropped me off home. I feel weird. He shook my hand and I cringed! I can’t ever let a man touch me! I tried it, I did it and I won’t do it again.”
But Allah created us in pairs…no matter your age right?”
They continued to speak on the phone because my mum didn’t know how to tell him to, excuse my french, “bugger off”.
We began to learn more about Yusuf and found out he was a widower. He also had 8 kids! Luckily, they were all around my age. I welcomed this news and got excited about the prospect of having a bigger family. I always wanted more brothers and sisters, but I didn’t want to get my hopes high because I knew mum wouldn’t go ahead with it.
She then called me out the blue a week later. She had invited him to come to my house for dinner so that he could meet all of my brothers and sisters. I couldn’t believe it. Huh? When? How? She told me that she just wanted to meet him one more time and get our opinion.
Yusuf arrived and he brought his son with him. We all hit it off and then out the blue (again!) they agreed to get married! Just like that. At my dining table!
I nearly spat my kebab out.”
Since they got married they have been living happily ever after!
Thank you muzmatch for making my Mum smile again!
P.S. My stepbrother and I are BEST MATES!
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Hey everyone, it’s Ayesha from My Big Fat Halal Blog (MBFHB)! MBFHB is one of the UK’s biggest halal food platforms where I share halal restaurant reviews, recipes and travel guides! You can find out more about what I do on my website or Instagram.
Today, I’m collaborating with muzmatch to share some of my top Ramadan recipes. We hope you try them out and we would love to see any of your recreations.
Here’s a simple recipe for this delicious, filling smoothie bowl packed with nutritious dates… the only dates you should be having this Ramadan! ;)
1 banana, plus extra slices to garnish
5 pitted medjool dates, plus extra, chopped, to garnish
250ml semi-skimmed milk
2 tsp cocoa powder
1⁄2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tbsp ground nuts, to decorate
Simply put all the ingredients in a blender, and whizz until smooth. Pour into a bowl, over ice, if you like, then arrange the nuts, extra banana and dates over the top to serve.
Let’s be honest, it wouldn’t be Ramadan without fried treats! Below is a recipe for my spicy, moreish potato cutlets. They’re always a hit with everyone!
750g Maris Piper potatoes, peeled and cut into large chunks
11⁄2 tbsp garam masala
2 tsp chilli powder
1 tbsp ground coriander
Handful of coriander, roughly chopped
2 tbsp plain flour
1 egg, lightly beaten
3 tbsp vegetable oil
Chutney/spicy salsa, to serve
1.Put the potatoes in a large pan and cover with water. Bring to the boil, then cook for 18-20 mins, until tender. Drain and set aside for 15-20 mins, until cool enough to handle.
2. Add the garam masala, chilli powder, ground coriander and fresh coriander to the potatoes. Season, then mash until smooth.
3. Wet your hands, then shape the mixture into 10 round patties, about 1cm thick.
4. Put the flour, egg and breadcrumbs onto separate plates, then dip each patty first in the flour, then the egg, then the breadcrumbs to coat.
5. Heat the oil to medium-high, then fry the patties in batches for 2-3 mins on each side, until golden brown. Drain on kitchen paper, then serve with a chutney/ spicy salsa for dipping.
A feast would not be complete without dessert! Try out this delicious Egyptian bread pudding known as Um Ali. It’s made with croissants, nuts and condensed milk and it’s absolutely delicious!
850ml semi-skimmed milk
1⁄2 x 397g can condensed milk
1⁄2 tsp ground cardamom
1⁄4 tsp ground cinnamon, plus extra to serve
1 tsp vanilla extract
100ml double cream
1 tsp unsalted butter
4 all butter croissants, roughly torn
2 tbsp desiccated coconut
2 tbsp flaked almonds
2 tbsp unsalted pistachios, chopped
2 tbsp seedless raisins
1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/fan 160°C/Gas 4.
2. Stir the milk, condensed milk, cardamom, cinnamon and vanilla extract together in a saucepan. Slowly bring to the boil and simmer gently for 2mins, stirring occasionally. Add the cream and carefully bring back to the boil, then remove from the heat.
3. Using the butter, grease a round baking dish, roughly 22cm in diameter and 5cm deep, and cover the base with half the croissant pieces.
4. Sprinkle over half each of the coconut, almonds, pistachios and raisins, then pour over the milk mixture.
5. Top with the remaining croissants, nuts and raisins, plus an extra pinch of cinnamon.
6. Bake in the oven for 20-25mins until golden and bubbling, then leave to stand for 10 mins before serving.
I hope you enjoy these recipes and will try them out! You can find more of my recipes at mybigfathalalblog.com.
My husband and I got married last week! I wanted to share our story with you. Jarred and I started talking earlier this year and had an instant connection.
Jarred is from Connecticut and I'm from Texas. He was in Arkansas for school and recently graduated and was interested in meeting someone so he downloaded muzmatch.
We started talking and realized how much we had in common and quickly became serious about each other. We complimented each another in so many ways: prioritizing our deen, family and wanting to make a positive difference in the world.
Jarred then drove to see me. After that, we were certain we wanted to get married and decided to have our nikkah before Ramadan. We've been married almost a month now and it's been a wonderful adventure!
We're so happy! Jazakallah khair for connecting us!
Alhamdulillah, thank you Allah and the muzmatch team!
I'm from Indonesia and my husband is from Germany, but he is Russian.
What a blessing it is to have a mixed raced marriage!
I knew my husband from muzmatch since May 2017 and then he visited Indonesia in November 2017. I didn't believe he was serious until he visited me and my family.
Months later, I flew to Germany and found work there because I wanted to be close to him.
I was in love.
Finally on 28 Dec 2018, we had our nikkah which fell on the last Jumu'ah of the month and in March 2019 we got officially married.
Thank you to the muzmatch team!