[Shaban Bukhari (left) with his father and Shahi Imam of Delhi's Jama Masjid Syed Ahmed Bukhari]
Mumbai: Syed Ahmed Bukhari, Shahi Imam of Jama Masjid Delhi, on Friday rejected the media reports that his son and Deputy Shahi Imam of the historic mosque is getting married to a Hindu girl, who has converted to Islam for the proposed marriage.
"These reports are a bundle of lies and an attempt to defame the Shahi Imam and his family ahead of the Uttar Pradesh Panchayat polls", Amanullah, the office incharge of the Jama Masjid Delhi, said while talking to ummid.com on phone.
According to the reports published by a section of Hindi media and later picked up by some English and Urdu news groups, a Hindu girl of the Indian capital New Delhi has embraced Islam and become Muslim to marry 20-year-old Syed Shaban Bukhari, Deputy Shahi Imam of the historic Jama Masjid,
The report said the Nikaah ceremony of Shaban Bukhari with the girl whose name has been withheld would take place on November 13 followed by Dawat-e-Valeemah and reception (marriage banquet) on November 15.
The report also claimed that the courtship of Shaban and his to-be-bride has been going on since a couple of years. The couple had to struggle to convince their families to accept their relation. In the due course, the girl had to embrace Islam to join the royal Bukhari family.
Amanullah rejected the report terming it a conspiracy by a "Muslim leader" who is a minister in the Akhilesh Yadav government in Uttar Pradesh.
He however confirmed that Shaban Bukhari is scheduled to get married in November.
"Shaban Bukhari is engaged with a practicing Muslim girl belonging to a religious family. The girl is a student of Islamic studies and is also memorising the Holy Quran", he said.
Shaban Bukhari, the son of Jama Masjid Shahi Imam Syed Ahmed Bukhari and a graduate from Amity University, was on November 22 in 2014 formally anointed the Naib Imam (deputy Imam) of the 17th century mosque in Old Delhi.
The Bukharis, originally from central Asia, have been the traditional custodians of the Jama Masjid since it was built during the Mughal era in the 17th century.