Nobel Peace Prize winner and women’s rights activist Malala Yousafzai announced her marriage yesterday.
Yesterday, Malala, 24, announced her marriage to Asser Malik, the High Performance General Manager of the Pakistan Cricket Board, and shared some pictures on social media.
Malala wrote, “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.”
A nikah ceremony is an Islamic wedding ceremony, during which the groom proposes to the bride (or her male representative if the ceremony is separated by gender) in front of at least two witnesses and the marriage contract is signed. A reading from the Qur’an and a sermon also usually take place. The ceremony may take place at a mosque, but it’s not required as the ceremony doesn’t have to be officiated by a religious official. In some traditions, the bride and groom may share a piece of fruit, like a date, as part of the ceremony.
Malala Yousafzai was born in Pakistan in 1997. She began advocating for girls’ access to education at an early age, blogging for the BBC under a pseudonym at age 11 about “living under the Taliban's threats to deny her an education.”
After she was nominated for the International Children's Peace Prize and won Pakistan's National Youth Peace Prize in 2011, she became a target for the Taliban.
On October 9, 2012, a masked gunman boarded 15-year-old Malala’s school bus and shot her in the left side of the head. She survived the attack and was eventually brought to Birmingham, England for medical treatment, where she has lived since.
In 2014, Malala became the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize at age 17. She has continued to advocate for women’s rights and for girls’ access to education.