Malala Yousafzai, the youngest winner of the Nobel Peace Prize and a champion for girls’ education, has just married her long-time friend and fellow campaigner in a secret ceremony. The wedding was held at an undisclosed location over the weekend and attended by family members only. Malala wore a traditional white dress as she wed with her closest friends to celebrate their love and commitment to one another.
In a statement released by her family, they described how the couple were married in traditional Pashtun custom. They said We are happy to announce that Malala Yousafzai and Kaleem Lashari have gotten married after a courtship of two years. The wedding ceremony was solemnized according to Islamic tradition followed by a reception. It was a small intimate affair with only close family members in attendance. The couple have requested privacy from media during this very happy time for them.
Malala is a champion for girls’ education and human rights. She survived being shot by extremists at the age of 15 and went on to win the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014, becoming the youngest person to receive it. She founded the Malala Fund and was the subject of a documentary called He Named Me Malala in 2015.
After recovering from near death at a Pakistani military hospital, she moved with her family to Birmingham, UK. However last year she returned home to Pakistan after fears for her life while pursuing a degree in politics and peace at Oxford University.
It is believed that she and her husband will live in the UK together.
I think this is wonderful news! I’m so happy for Malala and Kaleem, everyone deserves to find love and happiness and it’s great they’ve got their chance too. The wedding was kept relatively private as a request of the happy couple, but they have released this statement of joy, congratulations to the loving new couple!!
Following is a press release from the office of Malala Yousafzai: October 18, 2017 The story that has been shared over and over again is how I miraculously survived an assassination attempt by the Taliban at my school when I was 15. People have asked me why I made the decision to not wear a hijab. The answer has multiple parts to it. First of all, I believe that this is a personal choice for girls and women to make, not something they are forced to do. Secondly, what I choose to wear or not wear should be no one’s concern but my own and my family’s. How I dress does not define who I am. I have friends of all religions, races and genders. Most importantly, I am a Muslim who tries to practice my religion as much as possible. It gives me comfort and inner peace. I pray five times a day, along with following the teachings of Islam on kindness, modesty, patience and respect for all beings.
I try my best to live by these universal values. The younger generation needs to think for themselves instead of following or copying someone else. We need to build a more peaceful and selfless world where everyone is equal regardless of their race, religion, country or continent. Everyone should have their rights and education as well as the chance to follow their dreams.