Weddings in India and Bangladesh

    Ummah Welfare Trust’s Group Wedding initiative aims to betroth young poor Muslims who are unable to get married due to poverty and the exorbitant dowries prevalent amongst poor communities in India and Bangladesh.

    Muslims in the South 24 Paragans district of West Bengal and the north-eastern Bangladeshi states of Thakurgaon, Dinajpur and Panchagarh are extremely poor. From a young age, residents in these areas render hard labour in the paddy fields receiving meagre wages far from commensurate with the efforts they exert.

    Over the years, family incomes from smallholdings have plummeted. Young farm-workers are now some of the worst-off. They lack resources to marry and now have to contend with the problem of high dowries.

    Due to poverty and the desperation that accompanies it, it became a custom in these areas for 18 year-old girls to be wedded off to men aged over 40. Alhamdulillah in Ummah Welfare Trust’s wedding project, poor labourers no older than 25 are supported for marriage. 

     ‘None of you can be a believer until he loves for his brother that which he loves for himself.’

     - Agreed upon

    Since the start of the initiative in Sunderban, India, a total of 50 couples from poor families have married. On the day of the walima, each couple is given a rickshaw, a sewing machine and 200kg of rice.

    In Bangladesh, 13 couples have wedded so far. Every couple is given new furniture (bed, cupboard, etc.), utensils and a cash grant. Ummah Welfare Trust pays for the walima of every couple. The venue, new clothes, food, mahr, etc., is covered by the charity alhamdulillah.