By Abdul Hafiz Lakhani
Ahmedabad: A Gujarat NGO recently organized mass community marriage for 130 Muslim couples in Ahmedabad. The mass marriage ceremony was held on 2nd February 2019 under the aegis Gujarat Sarvjanik Welfare Trust (GSWT) with traditional Islamic customs and rituals at Rajpur-Gomtipur area.
GSWT’s Chief Afzal Memon said the mass wedding was meant to encourage youth to start families by helping them avoid the high costs of getting married. All brides were presented gifts such as household items, sewing machine, cupboard, dresses, and many other things.
Dressed in bright red tunics and gorgeous, heavily embroidered scarves covering their hair and part of their faces, and with some Jewellery, the brides looked resplendent. Heavy bangles adorned their wrists and their palms were dotted with intricate henna designs, considered auspicious during marriage ceremonies in Muslims.
The couples were married according to traditional Muslim wedding customs in the presence of many ulemas from aboard. The speakers while delivering speeches on the occasion said that such events help to combat poverty and reduces the burden on poor families.
The event was organized to help Muslims from different strata of the society. “We come together to conduct a wedding for many people. Through this wedding, we want to convey the message of equality. We help people who cannot afford proper weddings,” said Businessman Mustufa Manikchand.
Father of a groom at the function said, “This is a good platform where Muslims get together. In society, we have poor families who cannot afford marriage. So, with functions like these those families get relief and financial help.”
Mufti Mohammedali Falahi (from UK), Mufti Saleh Dhanchora, Imran khedawala, MLA, Shailesh Parmar and other prominent people were at present at this wedding. Gujarat Pradesh Congress Committee (GPCC) president Amit Chavda also graced the occasion.
[Abdul Hafiz Lakhani is Editor of Gujarat Siyasat. He is a senior Journalist based at Ahmedabad and regularly contributes to IndianMuslimObserver.com – India’s First Online Muslim Newspaper. He can be reached at [email protected]]