Congrats to the Happy Couple!
For Jahed Choudhury and Sean Rogan, love won! The two dressed in traditional Muslim attire and married in Walsall late this June, making them the first openly Gay Muslim couple to wed in The UK. While the couple has found happiness in each other and their marriage — “Now I am happy, I’m out and proud,” Choudhury said — the couple has certainly faced a number of road bumps in their journey to matrimony.
For years, Choudhury faced bullying, exclusion, and outright harassment for being Gay in the Muslim community. “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.”
After many failed attempts to change himself through having a girlfriend, taking medication, and going on a religious pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia and Bangladesh, Choudhury felt more and more excluded from his community. He was assaulted by his Muslim neighbors and eventually was banned from attending his mosque, as they claimed that his “phase” was not Muslim. “I’d been viciously attacked by Muslim boys, my mosque told me non-Muslims were not allowed in.”
It became too much. Feeling like a black sheep more than ever, Choudhury attempted suicide. In true storybook fashion, while he was crying on a bench, Rogan, then a stranger, found him, comforted him, and the two have been together since. “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 recalls.
After two years of living together in recovery and happiness, the happy couple married with the support of their families.
While the couple could not be happier together and are enjoying their honeymoon, they are still receiving backlash from the Muslim community among others. One tweet reads “Islam Forbids This, I’m not saying they should Split up and Be Straight Which is the right thing to do, what I’m saying is they can’t be Muslim If they are Gay.”
That being said, Choudhury and Rogan want to be seen as an inspiration for couples going through the same thing. They believe that they have taken a step forward for the Gay community. “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.”
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