Friday, 21 October 2011

Seventy Two Virgins Tie the Knot


The Express Tribune


72 couples tie the knot in ceremony organised by Madina Foundation.
FAISALABAD: 
Seventy two couples tied the knot in a mass marriage ceremony arranged by a local NGO on Friday.
The event was organised by the Madina Foundation at The University of Faisalabad campus. Hujra-tun Nabvi, Madinatul Munawara chief Khadim Saeed Adam was the chief guest for the event, while former Punjab governor Khalid Maqbool presided over the event.
“It’s been wonderful. We would never have been able to afford such a grand function on our own and all the arrangements were made for us,” said Aasiya Bibi. Dozens of couples were provided with wedding clothes and dowries by Madina Foundation for the event. “Everything was taken care of and we have tried to make sure that these couples have something to start off with,” said a Madina Foundation worker Fakhar Sultan. Sultan said that many of the brides and grooms were orphans and could not afford to get married without assistance.
Over 3,000 guests including parents of the couples, their relatives, friends and other family members attended the ceremony and paid tribute to Mian Muhammad Haneef, the organiser of the event. “I am extremely pleased that I can help so many people and that so many philanthropists have contributed to this cause,” he said.
“We have been preparing this event for nearly four months and by the grace of God it has been successful. Dozens of volunteers have been working round the clock to ensure that the festivities go off without a hitch,” he added.
Haneef said that all the couples were given furniture and other household items, besides dowry worth Rs50,000 each. More Here

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