29-year-old Michael from Netherlands first met with the 22-year-old Adin Lubis from Indonesia. Talking about how their first meeting ‘happened’, Michael said; “I thought it would be nice to spend the Ramadan with a local Muslim family.
After searching on social media, I found Adin and wrote her a message. Surprisingly, she immediately invited me to stay 3 days with her family in Medan, Indonesia during the Ramadan.
“In fact, I didn’t just stay for 3 days, it became 3 weeks. And that’s how it all started!”
Talking about their cultural differences, Michael said:
“I love her because she’s Adin and she loves me because I’m Michael. Our nationalities, the color of our skin and the place where we grew up have nothing to do with that. The fact that we’re from different cultures is actually a very nice bonus! We have so many things to show and teach each other.
“Soon we’ll be able to raise our kids with the best of both worlds” Talking about being a traveler, Michael said:
“Most of my host families in Indonesia and Malaysia were Muslim families. Those families never asked me to convert, but they just showed me their way of living. That’s how they triggered and inspired me to learn more about Islam and why I decided to take classes about Islam at local mosques in Kuala Lumpur and Jakarta.
“While taking the classes, I still didn’t have the intention to convert. My teachers respected that and only insisted to show me more about Islam. After a few weeks of discussions, reading Quran and practicing how to pray, I knew that converting to Islam would be the right thing to do in my life.”
Michael later converted to Islam and he lives with his wife in Belgium, according to their Instagram page. Adin is a freelance journalist.
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