Rajasthan's senior Police officer Arshad Khan and his sarpanch (elected village head) wife Zarina Khan have set a beautiful precedent for society as they solemnized the wedding of their daughter in a mosque without any frills of a big fat wedding that could easily afford.
The Khans held the wedding function of the marriage of their daughter Rukhsar with Waseem, a resident of Bissau, in the presence of family and friends at the local mosque in their native village Beswa, Sikar district.
The wedding was solemnized strictly according to religious edicts. The hosts also took care to ensure everyone followed Covid-related protocols.
The guests were served sherbet and soon after the bride and groom signed their nikahnama, the visitors congratulated them and left for their respective homes.
There was no big reception or party after to celebrate the wedding. No gifts were exchanged or dowry given to the bride.
The Khans followed religious instructions by seeing off their daughter Rukhsar and her husband for a new life. Zarine Khan presented a Quran, a bucket and a ladle, her daughter. While the Holy book is meant for guidance in spiritual and material life, the two utensils are symbolic of the basic necessities of life.
The Khans belong to the Kayamkhani Muslim community of Rajasthan. The community is known for holding extravagant weddings, especially of their daughters. Holding a lavish wedding has almost become a status symbol for many people in the community.
The simple wedding function for their daughter by the IPS officer and his Sarpanch wife has therefore become the talk of the town. People are appreciating there thoughtfulness and leading by example.