UP: Muslim family sends out 'Lord Ram'-themed invitations on nikah
Sending a strong message of communal harmony, a Muslim family in a nondescript village in Sultanpur (UP) got special cards printed for the Hindu invitees to their daughter's wedding. Two sets of cards were printed separately for the Hindu and Muslim invitees for the wedding of Mohammad Salim's daughter, Jahana Bano, with Yusuf Mohammad on April 29 in Baghsarai village. Here's more about it.
"Around 250 to 300 cards were printed for the Muslim guests in traditional Islamic style, while 130 to 140 cards were printed for the Hindu invitees in the shape of a calendar (scroll) with the pictures of gods and goddesses," Mohammad Salim's son, Azad said. Besides the pictures of Ram and Sita, the invitation card also had a "pooja thali" printed on it.
"It was the idea of the entire family...we have friends among the Muslims as well as the Hindus and the invitations had to be sent to them," Azad said. "There was no objection to the special cards either from our relatives and friends or the groom's family," Mohammad Salim said he would be happy if this gesture helped bridge the gap between Hindus and Muslims.