There’s a lot to change when it comes to weddings in India. Following up with one such positive change, we have a heartwarming tale of a woman qazi who officiated a nikah ceremony.
Meet Syeda Saiyadain Hameed, a former Planning Commission member who decided to change the dynamics of Indian weddings in this wholesome video.
In a rare move, a female qazi solemnised the ‘nikaah’ (Muslim wedding) of late President #ZakirHusain‘s great-grandson.— IANS (@ians_india) March 12, 2022
Gibran Rehan Rahman & Ursila Ali’s nikaah took place on Friday at the residence of the country’s third President, which was attended by close friends & family. pic.twitter.com/9JmANI6XDZ
The female qazi officiated the nikah of the great-grandson of former President Zakir Hussain in Delhi.
In the viral video, we see Syeda Saiyadain Hameed performing the duties of a qazi to complete the nikah of Gibran Rehan Rahman and Ursila Ali.
Talking about this decision, Saiyadain Hameed (woman qazi) said:
The terms set forth in the nikaahnama were prepared under the auspices of the Muslim Women’s Forum, an organisation of which the groom’s great-grandmother Begum Saeeda Khurshid was a founding president.
The idea of getting married by a female qazi was initiated by the bride, and the groom welcomed it.
There was no concept of a female qazi in the Indian Islamic society, so we want to make a new beginning, and when we talk about equality then why not a female Qazi.
The nikah took place in Delhi at the residence of the country’s third President, which was attended by close friends & family.
Twitteratis think it’s a progressive step and have welcomed this change.
Well done Ursila n Gibran! With heartiest congratulations, I salute your courage to accept the Nikah solemnised by a well qualified female Qazi! We need to break the sacramental n ritualistic stereotypes wherever they smack of discrimination against female participation!🌹 https://t.co/KZDnRtzjbt— Dinesh Dubey (@DineshD55610731) March 13, 2022
A welcome and much needed change. https://t.co/2lbC5j9WnN— Shafqat Watali (@shafqatwatali) March 14, 2022
NIKAH PERFORMED BY FEMALE QAZI IN DELHI.— لا إله إلا الله (@confidantaa) March 12, 2022
Between great-grandson of Dr.Zakir Husain (3rd President)- Gibran Rehan Rahman and Ursila Ali daughter of Qurban Ali The ceremony was performed by Dr. Syeda Saiyadain Hameed (Ex Member Plan Comm). pic.twitter.com/cDUpdEFuId
In a rare occurrence, a female qazi performed the marriage rituals of the great-grandson of former President Zakir Hussain here on Friday.— Raghurraman🇮🇳 (@RaghuramanMenon) March 12, 2022
Syeda Saiyadain Hameed, a former Planning Commission member, took on the duties of a qazi to complete the nikaah of Rahman and Ursila Ali.
“Progressive”— Surendra B Singh (@SurendraBSingh5) March 12, 2022
Breaking one stereotype at a time!