Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai tied the knot with her friend Asser Malik in a low-key nikaah function at their residence in Birmingham Tuesday, November 9, 2021.
Although not a legally obligatory agreement, a nikkah ceremony is the first step in an Islamic marriage.
A separate celebration is often carried out to all known people, relatives and friends. But the activist did not mention if there is going to be a reception ceremony.
The 24-year-old Yousafzai shared wedding photographs on Twitter and wrote, “Today marks a precious day in my life. Asser and I tied the knot to be partners for life. We celebrated a small nikaah ceremony at home in Birmingham with our families. Please send us your prayers. We are excited to walk together for the journey ahead.”
Today marks a precious day in my life.
Asser and I tied the knot to be partners for life. We celebrated a small nikkah ceremony at home in Birmingham with our families. Please send us your prayers. We are excited to walk together for the journey ahead.
📸: @malinfezehai pic.twitter.com/SNRgm3ufWP
— Malala (@Malala) November 9, 2021
Malik’s LinkedIn profile reveals he is from Lahore, Pakistan. He graduated from Pakistan’s Lahore University of Management Sciences in 2012 and is currently working as the General Manager of the Pakistan Cricket Board.
Recently Malala was seen in a group photo that Asser Mallik uploaded on his Instagram account at a Stadium in London. That means they knew each other for some time now and love was in the air.
Swedish activist Greta Thunberg and actress Priyanka Chopra were amongst the first to congratulate Malala.
Who is Malala Yousafzai?
Malala was born in Mingora, Pakistan in July 1997. She fought for girls’ right to education in the Swat valley in Pakistan. Later she became a target of the Taliban extremists who shot her in the head in 2012.
She was later shifted to the UK for a medical operation. Her family also shifted base to Birmingham in 2013.
At 17, Malala became the youngest Nobel Peace Prize winner for her engagement to let all girls go to school via her Malala Fund, a foundation dedicated to “giving every girl an opportunity to achieve a future she chooses”.
The Guardian quoted Malala saying to British Vogue magazine: “I still don’t understand why people have to get married. If you want to have a person in your life, why do you have to sign marriage papers, why can’t it just be a partnership?”
These remarks drew criticism from a division of people in Pakistan.
Celebs congratulate Malala on Twitter:
Adil Ray tweets, “This is just beautiful. Malala you deserve all the love and happiness in the world. Wishing you and Asser a wonderful, loving future together”.
“How lovely. Warmest congratulations to the happy couple @Malala” tweeted Sonia Singh.
SenatorSherryRehman wrote, “What wonderful news! Many, many congratulations, and stay forever blessed!”