Gay Muslim commits suicide after being rejected by family

Nazim took his own life after he was rejected by his family for being gay and told by his mu to seek help.

A gay Muslim doctor, Nazim Mahmood, took his own life in July, 2014 after his family rejected him and his mum told him to go find a cure for his condition an inquest heard this week.

Nazim Mahmood killed himself on July 30 by jumping naked from his penthouse apartment after his mother pushed him to seek a "cure" for his homosexuality. Nazim Mahmood died after he jumped off his fourth storey flat in West Hampstead.

34-year-old Nazim Mahmood had kept his homosexuality secret from his Muslim family and had been engaged to his fiancé Matthew Ogston for 13 years.

An inquest into his death at the St Pancras Coroners' Court heard that Mahmood died just a few days after his mother urged him to find a "cure" for being gay.

The late Nazim Mahmood’s fiancé Matthew Ogston told the inquest that Nazim’s mum had suggested to him that he needed to see a psychiatrist to see if he could be cured. “Together I think they agreed they would get through it," Matthew said according to a Evening Standard report.

The inquest also learnt that Mahmood had not suffered from any mental illness such as depression before his death. Ogston described Nazim as his "soulmate", and added that he always wanted to help other people, always put other people first and wanted to care for people. “He was quite simply the most amazing man I'll ever meet in my whole life," Ogston told the inquest.

Ogston is planning to start a foundation in his Mahmood's name.

The coroner, Mary Hassell,ruled Mahmood's death as suicide decrying the stigmatisation of homosexuals. "It seems desperately sad that in 2014 a person should feel that they can't be accepted because of the way that they live and I can only feel the deepest sympathy for Nazim that he felt so sad and desperate about this that he took his life," Mary Hassell said during the ruling.


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