24-year-old Jahed Choudhury and his 19-year-old lover, Sean Rogan, recently tied the knot in a civil ceremony at the Walsall registry office, UK.The newlyweds who spoke during a TV appearance, said even though their religion (Islam) would never accept homosexuality, they however enjoy the support of their families.Choudhury mentioned how people received the news of their wedding, adding that they got a lot of hate comments.
He said:”This morning I got a phone call saying some hate comments, coming for my mum. It is not just Muslims it is anyone who is religious, homophobic. I know that Islam will never accept homosexuals. It is written there in black and white. But this is how I chose to live my life.I separate in my head being gay and Muslim. I will always be Muslim, I will always pray, it will never change. The main message is to educate the traditional family. I just hope no one has to go through [what I did] when I was young.”
Choudhury and Rogan met when he was going through dark times, when he was considering taking his own life.
He said:”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.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 pig and the Muslim people would shout “harum” – which is a very nasty insult in my language.”
he Choudhury said Rogan is considering converting to Islam just because of him. He said:
”Sean is considering converting to Islam. I asked him if he would on my behalf. We would not be able to find a place of worship however. We would not be welcomed by any mosques.I have heard about the liberal mosque in Berlin that opened recently where they are a lot less traditional. It sounds fantastic. I really want to visit, and wish we could have somewhere like that here.”Congrats to them!