Amid lockdown, a digital nikah in Hyderabad

Written by Prerna Mittra
| Unique Delhi |

Updated: April 9, 2020 2: 57: 11 pm


Najaf Naqvi and Fariya Sultana on their wedding day. (Drawl by Syed Ghazi, the daddy of the bride)

Twenty-eight-twelve months-archaic Najaf Naqvi and 25-twelve months-archaic Fariya Sultana had a cramped little bit of over 24 hours to prepare for his or her wedding. Naqvi and Sultana had been slated to win married with the entire pomp and family presence in Hyderabad on April 5, 2020, ahead of the lockdown was once announced. Then, they’d two choices — wait indefinitely whereas the arena gets back to identical outdated, or win married straight away, with out any extra lengthen. The couple chose to finish the latter.

On April 6, their nikah occurred with some 16 of us in attendance (excluding the bride and the groom). The twist being — they had been all in their respective homes, in several cities even, watching the wedding unfold on Skype, WhatsApp and other digital platforms. Whereas the groom’s family witnessed the wedding from Kanpur, other relatives joined in from Bengaluru. In Hyderabad, only the groom, the bride and her immediate family had been show in the home when the nikah was once being officiated. 

The attention-grabbing thing is, it was once all being executed by two Kanpur-based maulanas, who had been known as in final-minute when the couple would possibly possibly possibly perchance no longer handle for a qazi in Hyderabad. Each and each the households had permissions in problem, and to boot they took all critical well being precautions, in conjunction with wearing of masks. 

Indianexpress.com reached out to the newly married couple to ranking out precisely how they pulled off this final-minute wedding. What adopted was once a conversation peppered with laughter and a host of hope and excitement for the longer term.

“We had a host of time to devise the wedding, so naturally we had many expectations,” talked about Sultana. “We had been disillusioned on chronicle of things didn’t occur as per scheme. Nonetheless, as things unfurled, it grew to seriously change extra particular on chronicle of we realised we made it despite so many difficulties and roadblocks. We did on the origin utter that we’d have to lengthen it and forestall it in June, given the effect, but then since nothing was once pre-sure, we thought it greater to head ahead and forestall it ahead of things win worse,” she talked about, in conjunction with that ‘nikah‘ — or the precise wedding — is most sacred in Islam, and all the pieces else, the celebrations and family gatherings, et al, is secondary.   

Two maulanas joined in nearly from Kanpur, where the groom’s family lives, to officiate the wedding. (Drawl by Raza Naqvi, the groom’s brother)

“When we had been getting married, it was once now no longer sinking in. We had been facing some technical points additionally. Within the evening, after we all sat down for dinner, that is when it dawned on me that this nikah has finally occurred!” talked about Naqvi, who works for a multinational firm in the Telangana capital.

Naqvi is the older of two brothers, and it was once clearly mighty for him and his family to be apart on one of these momentous day. “My father was once the one who first asked me if I am prepared to finish a nikah cherish this. He asked me to ranking out if my in-guidelines are recreation. They had been fairly receptive to the thought. My of us gave me their blessings. After my uncle who got married 25 years ago, this was once the important thing wedding in the family, alternatively it needed to occur cherish this. My in-guidelines stepped up and assumed the feature of my of us,” he talked about.

The wedding trousseau

Sultana wasn’t particular until the final minute what she was once going to position on; her nikah outfit was once rapid patched collectively. “We usually effect on crimson for the ceremony. I had this sleek robe, which had a prepared-made palazzo and a dupatta, a cramped bit heavy. And then I had a kurta which didn’t match at all, alternatively it needed to be executed. Finally, it regarded with out a doubt effect-collectively, and as a bride I was once greater than happy with how I regarded on the day,” she laughed.

She even did her hair and make-up on her non-public, too. “Earlier than the wedding, the bride and the groom are now no longer speculated to understand every other. Nonetheless in our case, we had been getting prepared concurrently,” she talked about.

Family witnessed the wedding by Skype and WhatsApp. (Drawl by Raza Naqvi, the groom’s brother)

Her husband, in the intervening time, had a somewhat different ride. “In our custom, the groom’s wedding apparel is effect collectively by the bride’s family and vice versa. So, my mom-in-guidelines and I had already shopped for a sherwani final month. That was once there with them, and I was once lucky that scheme. Nonetheless, there was once an ‘auspicious hour’, and the nikah needed to occur by 12.30 pm. Nonetheless, we needed to head out to run a few errands in the morning and by the time we rushed back, it was once already 12.15 pm. I had 15 minutes to win prepared. So, when I sat down, I had former a pair of denims underneath the sherwani — and to boot they also can objective only seek my face. When the digicam panned in opposition to Fariya, I rapid wore my pajama,” he laughed.

What subsequent?

The couple understands that although the wedding has been solemnized, the vidaai (bride leaving her maternal dwelling to launch a brand sleek existence with her husband and his family — on this case, a creep to Kanpur) and the walima (wedding reception) restful remain. And amid the lockdown, things will have to relieve. Naqvi talked about he’ll proceed to manufacture a residing from dwelling and scheme one thing as soon because the creep restrictions can be lifted.

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