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Simple Nikaah - Leading by Example

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Hazrat Mufti Mahmood Hasan Gangohi Saheb (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) performed his daughter’s nikaah in Gangoh according to the sunnah without any customs and innovations. Her in laws requested for the “baaraat” to come over. (Baaraat refers to a large group of people from the boy’s party who come to the home of the bride.) Hazrat (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) replied, “No baaraat will come here. The purpose of the baaraat is to guard the jehez and I do not give any jehez. Hence no baaraat should come.” Thus the boy’s party then requested to bring about 10 people which Hazrat (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) allowed. Hazrat (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) did not call the entire family as a normal custom. He only invited a few relatives and performed his daughter’s nikaah in a very simple manner in exchange of the mahr-e-Faatimi. In this same simple manner Hazrat (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) performed his niece’s nikaah in Karachi.

Many, who saw this, followed Hazrat’s (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) example when their daughters got married. Hazrat (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) received numerous letters saying that if marriages continued in this way many useless customs and innovations would be abolished. At the same time the Ummah’s financial resources will be saved. Hazrat (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) desired that all Muslims follow this simple manner in their weddings. (Hazrat Mufti Mahmood Hasan Gangohi (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) – His life and works, pg. 118)

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