A welfare trust is conducting a mass marriage on Wednesday for poor Muslims and Hindus, and equipping them for a life together.
Charity is all about giving new life to the downtrodden. Continuing its tradition of helping the poor, the Yousufain Educational and Welfare Trust will be conducting on Wednesday 15 mass marriages of the poor, both Hindus and Muslims.
It’s a unique event in the sense that marriages are conducted in the same mandap according to community traditions. On one side would be a Hindu priest reciting
sacred verses and conducting the marriage and on the other, a Muslim Qazi will be saying the prayers and leading the couples to wedlock.
The trust has been conducting this exemplary service for the past 17 years. In the past, the trust has helped physically challenged poor people to get married. The president of the trust, Moulana M Faisal Ali Shah Chisti Nizami, told Postnoon that the finding of matches is left to the families and the trust would not get involved in that process. But the criterion is clear: the girl should belong to the poorest of the poor, with no hope of being able to conduct a marriage. The trustees then verify the details of the families that have approached them for help. Only after thorough inquiries will their applications be accepted.
Nizami said that a cursory inquiry into the marriages conducted by the trust in the past found that the couples are leading happy, normal lives. “In case of differences, as happened in some cases, we provide counselling,” said Nizami.
Moreover, the trust gives a shoal of gifts necessary to set up a home; household furniture, kitchenware, beds, fans, vessels and other household items. The mass marriage of Hindu and Muslim girls would be conducted at Dargha Yousufain under the supervision of Yousufain Educational and Welfare Trust on Wednesday.
“We don’t differentiate people on the basis of their belief. All are human beings, the only difference is economic status which makes all the difference in the modern world,” said the moulana.