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Published in the 16-31 Jan 2004 print edition of MG; send me the print edition

74 marriages solemnised at just Rs 7 lakh

Mumbai: Is it not a matter of pleasant surprise that marriages of 37 couples and a grand feast for 25 thousand persons were organised with pomp and show for just Rs 7.40 lakhs at Turf Club of Mahalakshmi Race Course, Mumbai. This surprising feat was performed by All India Jamiatul Quraish here.

Group marriages were organised by Jamiatul Quraish on 26 December at Turf Club grounds when 37 boys and 37 girls accepted each other as life partners on this auspicious evening and started a new life. The expenditure per family was Rs 10,000. Seventy-four families gave Rs 10,000 each to the responsible authorities of this Muslim organisation which arranged a grand function to the satisfaction of all concerned.

This was the second occasion when the organisation arranged a mass marriage programme. President of Mumbai unit of All India Jamiatul Quraish, Mohammad Ali Quraishi, said, "We started to organise group marriages since last year when 17 such marriages were solemnised and this year 74 such marriages took place." He said that the motive of such marriages is to save our community from incurring unnecessary and superfluous expenditure and also useless customs and traditions. People spend lakhs of rupees in a single marriage whereas there are lakhs of young men and girls in our community whose marriages cannot take place only because of lack of money. In order to tackle this situation our elders and persons with insight unanimously decided in favour of such programme of joint marriages.

He further said that no doubt we have taken Rs 10,000 from each family. However, some of them even gave Rs 5,000, some Rs 3,000 only, while there were some who gave virtually nothing. We know the financial condition of our people and hence we did not compel anyone for this. There are some prosperous persons who donated money to make up the shortfall. In this mass marriage function couples from Bareily, Moradabad, Sambhal, Lucknow and Amroha districts got married. On this occasion Maharashtra minister, Sayyed Ahmad, minister of state Rajinder Rorda, Abu Asim Azmi, MP, etc also participated. All India president of Jamiatul Quraish, Sirajuddin Quraishi was specially invited for this occasion from Delhi.

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