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Friday, January 12, 2007

Here, Hindus go for nikah, Muslims for vivah

News from the city of the birth place of Lord Krishna

Press Trust of India
Mathura (Uttar Pradesh, North India), January 11, 2007
In a unique marriage ceremony, five Hindu and five Muslim couples entered into wedlock according to the traditions of both religions in a show of communal harmony.
"The aim of this programme is not only to promote communal harmony but also to crusade against dowry," District Magistrate TN Singh said.

While a Hindu priest was solemnising the Hindu marriages, a qazi was performing the nikah (signing of marriage contract in Islamic tradition) on the same platform.

The ceremony had been organised by the Indian Welfare Society.

Mathura Municipal Board Chairman Shyam Sundar stressed on the need of organising such programmes at a large scale annually for better understanding between the two communities.

Each couple has been given articles of daily use worth Rs 50,000. Every member of the society observed fast and broke it after the kanya daan was over, Mohammad Naqeem Qureshi, founder of Indian Welfare Society, said.

Mathura is known for its communal harmony since long. The common wall between two shrines (Idgah and temple Keshav Deo) at Sri Krishna Janmasthan bears testimony to the harmony and culture of this pilgrim city.

There are Hindus who observe Roza (fast during month of Ramzan) and Muslims who consume any cereal only after they have bathed in the holy river Yamuna.

The group had earlier organised eye camps for both the communities.

See also
  • A belifnet Story, a Hindu-Jewish Couple: Marriage of True Minds
  • Rumi on marriage
    from the 'Fihi ma fihĂ­' : Discourses of Mawlana Jalal'ud-din Rumi, as translated by A.J. Arberry:

    "The way of the Prophet is this: It is necessary to endure pain to help rid ourselves of selfishness, jealousy and pride. To experience the pain of our spouses’ extravagant desires, the pain of unfair burdens, and a hundred thousand other pains beyond all bounds, so the spiritual path can become clear. The way of Jesus was wrestling with solitude and not gratifying lust. The way of Mohammed is to endure the oppression and agonies inflicted by men and women upon each other.

    If you cannot go by the Mohammedan way, at least go by the way of Jesus, so you will not remain completely outside the spiritual path.

    If you have the serenity to endure a hundred buffets, seeing the fruits and harvest that come through them, or believing in your hidden heart,
    'Though in this hour I see no harvest of these sufferings, in the end I will reach the treasures,' you will reach the treasuries, yes, and more than you ever desired and hoped." source: hakim, Why do men get married? More on Rumi's Wedding Poems
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