It was almost 6 and half years ago during the summer of 2009, when Shehzaan and Zainab were sitting next to each other in Jamat Khana. What was supposed to be a quick act in prayer (to look in each other’s eyes and shake hands) turned into Shehzaan losing his focus on praying and beginning to devise a way in which to approach her. He asked her three times if he could take her for dinner.

Three separate times and each time Zainab avoided the question due to the traditional nature of her family. At that point destiny showed its hand when Shehzaan spoke to his mother about Zainab and his mother approached Zainab’s mother… both of whom sat next to each other every day for Morning Jamat Khana prayers. And then it was on October 16th when Shehzaan and Zainab finally went on their first date. Soon after their first date, on November 25th 2009, Shehzaan asked Zainab to be his forever (over the phone).

From there onwards, there was no turning back and real love started to fill the air between Shehzaan and Zainab. Their views on life, respect, generosity and everything lined up just like the stars above them. Three years later, Shehzaan started planning “the perfect proposal” and it was on April 29th 2014 when he asked Zainab to be his wife on her favorite show, the Ellen DeGeneres show.

And here we are a year and a half later beginning a new journey as a married couple by keeping those who are less fortunate in our thoughts.