Collective Marriages

Collective Marriages by Minhaj Welfare Foundation

Through whatever lens one looks at the third/developing world. It isn’t just the economical or political tensions that stir the current climate. Social-Cultural hindrances are also taking away the rights of equality amongst certain groups.

Many citizens from rural areas are unable to enjoy the prospect of marriage and of beginning a family. Ignorance and back-breaking cultural constraints such as ridiculously high dowries and extortionate demands from the Groom’s side alienate some families of ‘brides to be’ from marriage. The lives of parents are consumed by earning in order to meet a large dowry for their daughters, but even then they fall short. The woman is tragically stalled from marrying, from completing half of her faith (Iman). Understandably, the psychological repercussions are depressing, and in the worst cases may lead her parents or even herself to take her own life. Sadly, this is a dark reality affecting many societies RIGHT NOW.

MWF provides a full ceremony carefully planned to include all the ingredients of a joyous occasion. This includes banners, colourful decorations, red carpet, space for over 1000 guests, and most importantly royal treatment of the bride and groom. Haq Mahr of Rs. 5000 is given to each bride. In summary, MWF provides:

A complete dowry for the bride.
30 hosting of guests from both sides.
A bridal gift consisting of the following:

  • Holy Quran (Irfan-ul-Quran)
  • Al-Minhaj al-Sawi min al-Hadith al-Nabawi
  • Double Bed
  • Dressing Table
  • Washing Machine
  • Jewelry Set
  • Cutlery Set
  • Iron
  • Trunk with Frame
  • Suit Case
  • Groom Suit
  • Bridal Suit
  • LCD
  • USB
  • Pedestal Fan
  • Sewing Machine
  • Kitchen Tools (Cookware, Iron Tawa, Utensils)
  • Dinner Set
  • Tea Set
  • Water Set
  • Gas Stove
  • Bed Sheet
  • Mattress Double Bed
  • Double Quilt
  • Pillows

Work

We are currently offering this service in Pakistan. MWF was the first NGO (Non Governmental Organisation) in the history of Pakistan to provide this service, whereby needy couples lacking the financial means to get married are funded.

The desperate need to resolve this crisis has persisted for many years. MWF began this project in 2005. Since then 2670 couples have been married. The total cast of one marriage is Rs. 150,000 to Rs 175,000.

This is a new project established for the sake of relieving the angst, sorrow and, pain of populations. Marriage is ‘Half of Faith’ (Imaan) said the Prophet (Blessings & Peace be Upon him). It is a vital building block of society and our Prophet was sent as a ‘mercy to the whole universe’, He came to relieve the burden off of the whole of Mankind.

Minhaj Welfare Foundation
Freedom Account No. 01977900163103
HBL Minhaj-ul-Quran Branch Lahore