Malala Yousafzai, the Nobel Peace Prize winner, marries in Birmingham

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Malala Yousafzai, the Nobel Peace Prize winner, married her boyfriend in an Islamic ceremony in Birmingham.

She and Asser Malik attended a nikkah ceremony, in which the bride and groom agree to marry.

The activist, who is 24 years old, described it as “a priceless day” in her life. After being shot in the head by the Taliban in 2012, the Pakistani women’s rights activist sought safety in the West Midlands.

She tweeted on Tuesday, “Asser and I tied the knot to be partners for life,” describing how they had participated in a “small nikkah ceremony with family. We are delighted to walk together for the adventure ahead.”

Malala Yousafzai, was 15 when she was attacked by the Taliban in Pakistan for advocating for girls’ access to education. Malala escaped an assassination attempt in which a terrorist boarded her school bus in the northwestern Swat valley and opened fire, injuring two of her classmates as well as Malala.

She and her family moved to Birmingham after recovering from her near-fatal injuries, which she later described as “a second home.” She was the youngest person to win the Nobel Peace Prize at the age of 17. She moved on to Oxford University to study and is now a prominent human rights activist.

Malala has advocated for improved support for Afghan refugees, inked a deal with Apple TV+ to produce documentaries, and graced the cover of British Vogue since graduating, all while continuing to campaign to promote girls’ access to school.

A nikkah ceremony is the first stage in an Islamic marriage, albeit it is not a legally binding contract. A separate civil ceremony is frequently performed privately, although the activist did not specify whether the couple had one. Fans on social media reacted positively to the news of the ceremony, with tens of thousands wishing the couple luck.

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