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Toronto couple tie knot against local and Hyderabadi traditions
Friday August 30, 2013 6:42 PM, ummid.com News Network

A quite simple marriage ceremony was held last week in the Masjid facility (Gymnasium, Cafeteria, Kitchen) of the Islamic Foundation of Toronto that accommodated around 600 people including some CC members.

The exemplary features of this marriage were no Dowry-Jahez from the bride's parents, no-Manje, no-Sachaq, no-Mehendi, no Exchange of indecent dialogues between friends of bride and groom, no Mix-gathering of ladies and gentlemen, no-Videography, no-Deejay (DJ) Music, and no-Ballroom, Salsa, Rock, Panjabi Bhangra or Swing dance.

Nikah was carried out in the mosque in the presence of friends, relatives and musallis (worshippers).

In reply to the question, how it happened without any problem with the Hyderabadi parents, relatives and friends, the bridegroom who did not wish to be named said, "My fiance and I decided in the beginning not to do anything which is un-Islamic tradition."

"Moreover", he said, "I am just providing my wife a decent home, standard living, and the Mahr (dower: a mandatory required amount of money or possessions ), according to my means."

Soon after finishing the dinner party the newlywed couple left for honeymoon.

The mothers of the couple and some female-relatives and friends disliked the 100% rejection of Hyderabadi and local traditions. As a protest, some female-guests used old attire in the wedding ceremony and some of them said that this event doesn't look like marriage function. However, the bride was very happy by stating that she spent only Canadian $10,000 from her savings for the marriage and she did not have to pay any debts.

The approximate average ages of first marriage of men and women in Canada, UK, USA, Pakistan and India are 31.1 and 29 years, 30.7 and 28.5, 29 and 27, 26 and 23, and 26 and 22; respectively.

"Unfortunately, in Canada most people including Indians are unable to get married before they reach late twenties or early thirties and this situation sometimes leads to much corruption. In some cases, people have already crossed 35 years of age without marriage", Dr. Syed Ali Mahmood who shared this news said.

"The main reasons of putting off marriage are financial (obligatory repayment of OSAP (Ontario Student Assistance Program) loans, high car insurance, cell phone bills, Visa/Master credit card, +/- home mortgage, etc.) and job market uncertainty", he added.

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