A gay couple from the UK exchanged vows in what many consider the UK’s first same-sex Muslim marriage.
Jahed Choudhury, 24, and his partner Sean Rogan, 19, had their ceremony at a registry office in Walsall, West Midlands, on June 22. They both wore traditional Muslim attire on their special day.
The couple has been in a relationship since 2015.
Choudhury grew up with Bangladeshi parents in a traditional Muslim household. He grew up feeling shut out of society and was considered the “black sheep” of the family because he was gay. He went through a period of trying to change his sexual orientation, which included trying to have a girlfriend and changing his social circles, according to the Express and Star.
After spending most of his life getting bullied for his sexual orientation, Choudhury tried to commit suicide from an overdose and then met Sean.
“I’d not long overdosed and I was crying on a bench and Sean came over and asked if I was okay. He gave me hope at one of my lowest points and he’s stood by me all the way,” Choudhury told the Telegraph.
The happy couple wanted to share their moment as a way to prove to everyone that it is possible to be gay and Muslim and get married.
“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,” Choudhury said.
Below is footage from their wedding ceremony.