When you first join the community, please say hello here to everyone and introduce yourself and tell everyone a little about you. Don’t worry, this is completely optional… but we would love to get you know you more
I’ll start the introductions to make things easier
My name is Matt, and I am the founder and a trustee of Naz and Matt Foundation.
In 2014, my fiancé, my partner in everything, and eternal soulmate Naz (Dr Nazim Mahmood) sadly passed away, two days after his religious family confronted him about his sexuality.
It was the first time they heard that their son was gay, in a relationship with a man, in love and planning to get married. They told Naz to go to a psychiatrist to be ‘cured’. They treated him like a disease that needed to be got rid of.
The day after Naz passed away I was told by his family that he was living in ‘sin’ because of their religious beliefs. In the same breath I was also told that I was living in ‘sin’ because of ‘my religion’. They told me not to tell anyone that Naz ‘liked men’ as it would bring ‘shame’ on their family.
Out of respect I followed their wishes, until it reached a point and I decided I could not sit back and let this happen to anyone else ever again.
That’s when I realised I had no choice but to start Naz and Matt Foundation - and tackle these views held within families and communities all around the world.
My role, I’m here to help you. My life is now dedicated to help stop this happening to other families. I would like you to join me and help make our world a better, a more accepting place to live.
But I can’t do this without you. If you’re reading this you’ve already started on this journey. Together we are strong. Together we can make change.
By joining this community, helping others and sharing your experiences we can help stop what happened to my darling Naz happening to anyone else.
Be the person you were born to be.
I look forward to meeting all of you xx
Hello, myself Malik from Pakistan I am 24 years old. I am a victim of forced marriage as I belongs to a conservative Muslim family. My parents areange my marriage with my cousin so, that it would be used as a convert from homosexuality.Now I wanted to volunteerly work with Naaz nd Matt foundation.
Welcome to the Ask Naz community Malik.
I hope the community can help you, and we look forward to hearing more from you.
If you would like to share your story, and it is safe for you to do so, please share it here:
Sharing your personal story may be able to help others in their own situations.
My name is Hashim Waheed. I’m a 29 years old. I’m from Muslim country Pakistan. I’m here in London since 2011 I’m Gay and I’m proud to be a Gay person. I’m also victim of a Thread from Family and relatives. They Threatened to kill me because they want I’ll come back to home and get Mary. But when I was told them I’m a Gay and I like or attractive towards men’s then they started to Abuses or Threatened me over the phone to kill me and my family also Disowned me as well. I’m also very Scared to think how I survive in that country where everyone desperate to kill me or no one accepting me as Gay even my Muslim Society not accepting me.That’s why since 2016 I don’t have contact with my family So now I’m alone in this World no one here to help me.
But after meet Matt or we have a talk on the phone I’m feel very safe and I’m happy to be a part of NMF. I’m also thankful to NMF for helping me and accepting me to become a part of NMF Family.
If anyone who interested to listen more about my desperate life or anyone who face same problem or in same situation like me.I’m here to help you as much as I can through my personal life experience or little bit knowledge which I have got
Feel free to ask anything about me
Welcome to the Ask Naz community @CH.Hashim
Thank you for your introduction and sharing your deeply personal journey with everyone here. I am glad you are now in a much stronger place - both mentally and and emotionally.
If we all work together we will grow stronger together. Together we are a community.
We look forward to your contributions
Thanks Matt I’ll try my best to get information and share my thoughts and my knowledge with NMF Family
Hope you will be fine.
Actualy i am 30 years man from muslim majority country(Pakistan) and i
am very much doubting and confused Muslim and after discussion with all twitter friend i want to give chance to me. But i have also very much fear factor and i have not any resouces to overcome these factors of fear so can you help me i need a long term counselling or life
It will be honor for me if I bring up and upgrade beleifs in the guidance of you.