In The United Kingdom, First Gay Muslim Wedding Takes Place
The first ever gay Muslim wedding took place in the United Kingdom, as twenty four year old Jahed Choudhury and 19 year old Sean Rogan tied the knot in Walsall registry office.
In what seems to be a cultural taboo for many traditional Muslims, Mr Choudhury is one of only a few openly gay Muslim men and believed to be the first in the UK to marry another man. He is now looking forward to a blissful life with Mr Rogan.
24 Jahed Choudhury, said he grew up feeling shunned because he was gay. He was sent on a religious pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia and Bangladesh to change his sexual orientation.
Over the period of trying to “change” his sexual orientation, besides going on a pilgrimage, consisted of him having a girlfriend, changing his social circle and taking medication. But the situation only got worse when he was assaulted by fellow Muslims in the street where he lived and the word “fag” was sprayed on his front door.
He said: “I’d been viciously attacked by Muslim boys, my mosque told me non-Muslims were not allowed in. The mosque he had attended for 15 years no longer allowed him in and he was physically attacked by other Muslim boys.
After a lifetime of bullying, he attempted to take his own life before 19-year-old Sean Rogan found him crying on a bench in Darlaston.
“I tried killing myself and I then met Sean. The housing association got us a house in a week and we’ve been living together ever since. I proposed on Sean’s birthday last June.”
“I stood out like a sore thumb – I never liked football, I preferred watching fashion shows on TV. I remember feeling trapped.”
“It went all over school, people would spit on me, empty the rubbish bins on me, call me a pig and the Muslim people would shout ‘harum’ – which is a very nasty insult in my language.”
He added that Sean gave him hope at his lowest point and has stood by him ever since they met.
He added: “My family doesn’t want to come on the day, they just don’t want to see it, it’s too embarrassing for them".
Although his family was absent on that day for the ceremony, Choudhury believes the wedding is significant progress for the Muslim and LGBT communities alike.
He said: “This is about showing people I don’t care. My family… think it’s a disease and can be cured, some of my family still call it a phase. “I want to say to all people going through the same thing that’s it’s okay – we’re going to show the whole world that you can be gay and Muslim.”