Ali al-Sayid’s religious tolerance and Mina Lecioni are more than human value, a way of life.
Unusually for a couple in Dubai, everyone has their own faith, with Mina, who was born a Catholic, not to change her faith and convert to Islam in order to marry Ali.
Mena is also enthusiastic because she was on the waiting list for those who would like to attend the mass of Pope Francis on February 5 in the United Arab Emirates during her first ever visit to the Arabian Peninsula.
If she gets a ticket to the mass, Ali is committed to taking care of her twin children, 14 month old boys, so that she can go and see Dad.
“It takes time to understand that every religious ritual and custom is personal,” Ali told Reuters.
Since he lives in a Muslim-majority country, Ali faced a lot of pressure for Mina to convert to Islam. “Many people ask when they will become Muslims,” he said. This is a constant question, for example, when will you come to visit us? "
But Ali knows that the prophet Muhammad himself could not convince his uncle to convert to Islam: “This is something that you cannot impose on anyone,” he said.
The story of Ali and Mina began as a colleague when they founded a comedy and art school in Dubai in 2008 in Dubai, dubbed “Debody”.
Mina restores memories of her wedding seven years ago and sees in this a special occasion to get to know their culture.
“His family came with songs and music in the Persian Gulf, and my family came with a song (or sol mio to Luciano) Pavarotti. We had a singer who sang Arabic songs and a song in Italian. ”
The couple celebrates Christmas as they do together in Ramadan.
In Dubai, it is customary to raise children from mixed marriages on the basis of conversion to Islam. After long discussions, Ali and Mena decided to follow their example.
“Ali said that it’s very important for him that our children were Muslims, and I did not object to this,” Mina said.