Nobel Peace Prize laureate and women’s rights campaigner Malala Yousafzai got married at her home at a small ceremony in Birmingham, England.
Nobel laureate Malala announced her marriage to cricket coaching manager Asser Malik on social media, nine years after she was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman in Pakistan for campaigning for girls’ education.
Malala shared photos of the Islamic marriage ceremony known as the nikkah saying both of their families attended the ceremony in Birmingham, England.
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
“Today marks a precious day in my life. Asser and I tied the knot to be partners for life,” she wrote on Twitter. “We celebrated a small nikkah ceremony [marriage] at home in Birmingham with our families. Please send us your prayers. We are excited to walk together for the journey ahead.”
Malala, one of the world’s most famous advocates for girls’ education, she shared a few pictures, including one of her husband signing what appeared to be a marriage contract as she wore a pink dress.
Just July this year, the female education activist told British Vogue magazine that she was not sure if she would ever marry.
she was quoted as saying in a lengthy profile: “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?”
Malala’s husband, Mr. Malik, is a manager for Pakistan’s governing body for cricket.
She settled with her family in Birmingham, England, in 2013, after she was severely injured in the attack. Malala was transferred to Britain for medical treatment. where she continued her education and became an activist for girls’ education, according to the Malala Fund, an organization she founded.
Congratulatory messages poured in to wish the couple well.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada said on Twitter that he and his wife hoped the couple enjoyed their “special day”: “We’re wishing you a lifetime of happiness together,” he wrote.
Melinda French Gates said on Instagram: “Congratulations! So happy for you both!”
Priyanka Chopra also wished well and Greta Thunberg sent her well wishes.