Mangalore, Oct 18: The mass marriage ceremonies hosted by Bearys Welfare Forum (BWF)- Abu Dhabi, in recent years have solved problems of a large number of poor Muslim families, said P M Ibrahim Musliyar Bekal, the Khazi of Udupi district.

He was speaking after inaugurating the sixth edition of mass marriage organized by BWF on Saturday at Milagress Hall in Mangalore.

The Khazi said that said that the efforts of BWF in towards curbing dowry menace and helping the economically backward parents of Muslim families of coastal Karnataka was commendable.

He lamented that even though there was no scope for dowry system in Islam, a considerable number of Muslim families borrowed this system from the other communities. “Dowry system should be completely eradicated from the society,” he said.

As many as 17 Muslim couples entered marital life in the presence of a host of social, religious and political leaders of the region at the ceremony attended by thousands of relatives.

The Nikah was solemnized by Al Haj Thwaka Ahmed Musliyar, the Khazi of Mangalore, who stressed on the significance of unity, brotherhood and harmony. He said that the family should be the focal point of peace.

U T Khader, Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Moideen Bava, MLA, Mangalore North, J R Lobo, MLA Mangalore South also attended the programme and appreciated the philanthropic gesture of BWF.

Mohammed Ali Uchil, the president of BWF presided over the programme. Mohammed Rafeek Krishnapura, Vice-president of BWF welcomed the guests and introduced them to the audience. Imran Ahmed Kudroli, joint-secretary of BWF proposed vote of thanks. B A Mohammed Ali compered the programme.

Siddique Uchil, joint-secretary, joint-secretary of BWF said that BWF has been conducting mass marriages since 2008 and already spent around Rs.1.4 crores for 82 couples in six mass marriages. Besides, more than hundred families of Dakshina Kannada district were benefitted by BWF construction of toilet project and around Rs.16 lakh has been spent towards this project, he said.

B M Farooq, president of Bangalore Bearys Welfare Association, Bangalore, S M Rashid, chairman of Dakshina Kannada district Waqf Advisory Committee, Sayed Mohamed Beary, chairman of Bearys Group of Institutions, Muhammad Badruddin, chairman of Al Wafa Charitable Trust, M B Abdul Rahman, former president of Karnataka Beary Sahitya Academy were present among others.

Courtesy : Costal Digest