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A marriage between a Muslim and a Catholic became a life for them in Dubai

The religious tolerance of Ali al-Saidid and Mina Lecions is more than a human value, a way of life.

Unusual for a couple in Dubai, everyone has a different faith, with Mina, who was born in a Catholic, not to change her faith and accept Islam to marry Ali.

Mena is also enthusiastic, as she is on a waiting list for those who would like to attend the Mass of Pope Francis on February 5 at the OAU during her first visit to the Arabian Peninsula.

If she gets a ticket to attend the Mass, Ali vows to take care of her twin boys, a 14-month-old boy, so she can go and see the pope.

"It takes time to understand that every rite of religion and every custom is personal," Ali told Reuters. "Adjusting the rituals of each other means basically giving each other the chance to do what it needs."

Since he lives in a country of majority Muslim origin, Ali faced a great deal of pressure to convert Mina into Islam. "Many people ask when they become Muslims," ​​he said. It's a constant question as to when will you come visit us? "

But Ali knows that the Prophet Muhammad himself could not convince his uncle to convert to Islam. "This is something that no one can impose," he said.

The story of Ali and Meena began as co-workers when they founded a comedy and art school in Dubai in Dubai in 2008, dubbed "Debody".

Meena renews the memories of their wedding seven years ago and sees it as a special occasion for fulfilling their culture.

"His family came with songs and music from the Gulf, and my family came with a song (or salt mio for Luciano) Pavarotti. We had a singer who sang Arabic songs and a poem in Italian."

The couple celebrate Christmas as they do together in Ramadan.

In Dubai it is customary to raise children of mixed marriages based on converting to Islam. After long talks, Ali and Mena decided to follow the example.

"Ali said it is very important for him that our children should be Muslims and that I do not mind," Mina said.

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