Taiyaab came from Saudi Arabia to attend an alimi ijtema (international religious congregation), but he will go back married at an ijtema for nikaah.
While Taiyaab was here to attend the meet, his marriage was arranged with the daughter of his phuphi (father's sister). He did not want a lavish wedding, but a simple affair without dowry and big expenses, hence the ijtema (congregation) wedding.
“Taiyyab will get blessings of lakhs of people as the nikaah would be according to the tenets of Islam,” his excited sister-in-law said. “Sunnat bhi hai (its on the footprints of Prophet),” she added.
The youth in his mid twenties was camping at the ijtema in Sherwan village of Azamgarh since it started on December 29. The bride parents arrived on Sunday with the girls ijab (consent). The maulvi announced their nikaah after Taiyaab said: “Kabool”.
The groom’s family has sent the wedding clothes to Varanasi for the bride, but the rukhsat (the send off) would be in May. After that, the celebrations.
Taiyaab was one of the 2,000 prospective grooms at the bride-less mass nikaah.
Twenty-five-year-old Hazi Mohammad Ashfaq, peshe imam of Jama Masjid, was also there. He had come from Pratapgarh to tie the knot. "Paigamber ka yahin tareeka tha (This is the way shown by the Prophet),” he said, adding that the Prophet wanted nikaah to be a dowry-less affair.
The other grooms echoed him. They chose to say “kabool” in an ijtema as they wanted a cost-free, dowry-free ceremony.
Mass nikaahs are a boon for the poor. Neither do they have to pay the qazi's fee, nor for festivities and rituals.
The nikaah ceremony at Sherwan started at 4 pm. The maulvi called out a groom. After he stood up, the maulvi called out for the bride’s parents and two witnesses. After they gave their consent, the maulvi took the groom’s consent and announced the nikaah with his mubarakbaad (congratulations). The wedding was done.
Inputs from SA Rizvi