On 30 July 2011, Wayne Parnell made it public that he had converted to Islam back in January 2011 when he was just 22-years-old, since then he has been an inspiration for South African Muslims and reverts alike. During his reversion, he changed his name and adopted a new Muslim name Waleed, but many still refer to him as Wayne.
What's better in life than telling your parents how much you ?? and appreciate them. In the presence of family, friends and The Almighty. ????????— Wayne Parnell (@WayneParnell) May 22, 2016
On Saturday 21st May 2016, the 26-year-old fast-bowler tied the knot with Aisha Baker, described as a 20-something popular South African fashion blogger who runs Baked The Blog. The nikah happened in Zeenatul Islam Mosque in District Six, Cape Town.
The wedding ceremony was a large event, with an estimated 400 guests attending the occasion. Although the event was a private occasion some pictures have managed to seep out via social media.
Congratulations Waleed (@WayneParnell) and Aisha Baker on their wedding.— Aliee ? ????? (@Anmol_Aleena) May 22, 2016
May ALLAH bless both of you, Ameen! pic.twitter.com/ra9AVaBsSb
Congratulations @WayneParnell on your wedding to Aisha Baker on Saturday!— 7s in South Africa (@BlitzBokke) May 22, 2016
Pic: @OfficialCSA pic.twitter.com/D86deVQp17
Congratulations #Waleed (#WayneParnell) on your wedding to #AishaBaker on Saturday! pic.twitter.com/pcNFyfCefF— sayyed sayeed (@srhussaini7) May 23, 2016
The fast-bowler will be able to spend a total of three days with his new blushing bride until he has to join his team, who are currently playing in the West Indies