As many as 450 nikahs were performed on Sunday during the Ijtima Nikah (mass marriage) programme at the 67th Alami Tablighi Ijtima, which is witnessing a record-breaking participation at Eintkhedi on the outskirts of Bhopal.
An estimated five lakh people came to attend the Ijtima on the first day on Saturday. The huge gathering forced the organisers to erect more tents to accommodate people.
Confirming the number of nikahs performed on the second day, Ijtima committee spokesperson Atteq-ul-Islam said about a dozen qazis were appointed to complete the documentation required to solemnise the weddings.
The objective behind organising mass marriages is to promote simple marriages with minimum expenses so that the poor do not feel inferior when it comes to marriages, he said.
Maulana Saad solemnised the nikahs following a mass dua for the newly married grooms. Brides do not come to the venue and their formalities are completed beforehand.
The second day began with a discourse by Maulana Saad, followed by religious speech by Maulana Jamshed and Maulana Shaukat. The Islamic scholars in their discourse focused on promoting education and literacy among Muslims.
Markets in old Bhopal wore a deserted look from Saturday, the first day of Ijtima. Most of the shops remained closed in the walled city, which is expected to witness a huge rush after the conclusion of Ijtima on Monday.
Three-day meet ends on December 8
Ijtima will conclude on Monday (December 8) with a mass dua in the morning. Religious discourse will be delivered after fajir namaz (morning prayer). Later, Maulana Saad will deliver a discourse at 8.30am.
Ijtima committee spokesperson Atteq-ul-Islam said after the conclusion of dua, two-wheelers would be allowed to go. After a brief interval, three-wheelers and four-wheelers would leave to avoid traffic jam. Moreover, a whole battery of volunteers would manage and assist in traffic management. An estimated eight lakh people are expected to attend the Ijtima on the concluding day.