Couple finds love through Princess of Hearts

2019-07-09 06:00
Yusuf Mohamed and Raeesa Luyt.

Yusuf Mohamed and Raeesa Luyt.

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Newly wed bride Raeesa Luyt from Tokai cannot thank Iman Chilwan, a local matchmaker from Athlone, enough for helping her find a beloved husband.

Luyt (21) met her “soulmate” Yusuf Mohamed (24) through Princess of Hearts, an event organised by Chilwan for singles to find love. Chilwan hosts group events once every second month for single Muslim people to mingle, charging a cover fee between R150 to R200 depending on the theme, catering and to the costs of the venue.

After meeting at the event over two months ago, Luyt got married to Mohamed on Sunday 16 June.

This is a second marriage for the couple.

Both say arranged marriages did not work for them, but they have always known that they would still find their soulmates. “I did not get to know my previous husband and it turned out we had no mutual interest in anything. We were not happy in our marriage and we divorced it in less than a year,” says Luyt.

She says unlike an arranged religious marriage, she is confident this one is going to work for her because they got to know each other in the two months they dated before tying the knot.

Luyt says her husband listens and cares about her feelings. Mohamed agreed with her. He has been married twice before and both marriages failed. “Those marriages left me with low self-esteem and I was on the verge of losing hope in love when I read testimonies about the successes of the Princess of Hearts online events site. I knew I could also find love and be happy again,” Mohamed says.

He got in touch with Chilwan, who hosts the meetings and after a few sessions with different women, he clicked with Luyt in February and first met at their engagement in May. Mohamed had flown from Johannesburg along with his family to Cape Town to meet his better half. Before this, they only had conversations over the phone.

The couple is now starting to plan their future together in Johannesburg. “Yes we are definitely going to start our family in the near future,” Mohamed says. “We are perfect together.”

Chilwan says it is stories like this that gives her fulfilment, adding she realised people lose hope after a failed relationship and wanted to show them they could still find their soulmates.

“What I do is more than just matchmaking, I restore hope in souls that have started believing there is no one out there for them,” Chilwan says. “Honestly, I don’t make money from events, I do it for the people with the hopes that God will recognise my efforts. I love it when I’m told there is a new couple that has met at my events”.


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