Activist Malala Yousafzai Marries Her Husband In England

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Esther Lee - Senior Editor, The Knot
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Updated Nov 09, 2021

Human rights activist Malala Yousafzai and husband Asser Malik are officially married. The Nobel Peace Prize winner, 24, revealed photos from her intimate wedding ceremony on November 9. The fall wedding was held in Birmingham, England.

"Today marks a precious day in my life," she expressed on Instagram. "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."

The nikah ceremony is a Muslim wedding ceremony, held according to Islamic beliefs. During the ceremony, the couple enters into a marital contract and at least two witnesses are required to be in attendance. Then, the couple repeats the word "qabul," meaning "I accept" in Arabic, three times. From there, they sign a marriage contract, formalizing and legalizing their newlywed status. A sweet portion of the ceremony follows when the couple shares a piece of fruit.

During a Muslim wedding ceremony, the bride wears a head covering and traditional attire. In Yousafzai's case, she opted for a petal pink gown and matching head covering featuring gold embroidery.

Over the last decade, Yousafzai has inspired the world with her will to survive and fight for basic human rights for girls around the world, namely access to education. At age 15, while walking home from school, she was shot in the face by the Taliban in an attempt to silence her voice and pursuit of education. Since then, she has recovered and emerged as a human rights leader while establishing the Malala Fund.

Though a departure from her latest relationship update, Malala briefly touched on the topic of marriage in an interview with Vogue UK. "I still don't understand why people have to get married," she told the publication. "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?"

Not much is known about Malik and Yousafzai's love story. He is based in the UK and works in the sports industry as a self-proclaimed entrepreneur. Currently, according to LinkedIn, he is associated with the Pakistan Cricket Board.

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