Mangaluru: The Haji Karkala Shaikh Shabu Sahib Memorial Trust organised a simple mass wedding ceremony for seven couples on Sunday (March 3) at the Shadi Mahal in the city’s Bolar.

The Nikah ceremony was conducted by Dakshina Kannada district Khazi Al Haj Shaikuna Twaka Ahmed Musliyar and Kudroli Juma Masjid Khazi Moulana Shaikh Muthahar Hussain Kasmi.

Al Haj K.S. Mohammed Masood, former Member of the Legislative Council and President of Haji Karkala Shaikh Shabu Sahib Memorial Trust, presided over the event and extended his wishes to the couples.

Dignitaries including, Al Haj K.S. Fazulr-Rahaman, Treasurer of Muslim Central Committee- Moosa Moideen, Businessman Muhammad Hussain, Shahul Hameed Tanal were present on the stage.

Kudroli Juma Masjid Khatib Haji Mannan Mufti Saheb held prayers. General Secretary of the trust- Dr. Mohammed Arif Masood delivered the welcome speech. Followed by, Al Haj K.S. Imthiyaz Ahmed read the introductory speech. General Secretary of the Muslim Central Committee, Muhammad Haneef presented the program.

Names of the seven couples are as follows, Asif son of Sahib Beary a resident of Bantwal Taluk and Razina daughter of Abbas of Belthangady Taluk, Zakaria V.M. son of Ahmed a resident of Kasaragod and Hasina Banu, daughter of Abdul Basheer of Kasaba Bengre, Mohsin M. son of Muhammad Hussain Hanagal of Belagavi and Roshni daughter of Kat Rala and Qasim Saab of Haveri. Shamnad M.K. son of Abdul Majeed of Kannur in Kerala and Aysyath Tahsina daughter of Aboobaker of Boliyar, Abdul Razak son of Ali Hasan Kutty of Chikkamagaluru district and Rafia daughter of BK Yusuf of Chikkamagaluru district, A. Muhammad Mubashshir son of Ibrahim of Belthangady taluk and Shahida Aseeda daughter of Muhammad of Bantwal taluk.

Meanwhile, Al Haj K.S. Mohammed Masood, President of Haji Karkala Shaikh Shabu Sahib Memorial Trust speaking to Vartha Bharati revealed that his brother, a prominent non-resident Indian and Businessman Al Haj K.S. Nissar Ahmed Karkala has borned the entire cost of the wedding. “10 couples were expected to get married on this day, however for some reasons that did not happen. However, today seven couples got married. The cost of the wedding was borne by my brother Nissar Ahmed, he couldn't attend the mass wedding ceremony due to some reasons. However, he has sent wishes to the newly-weds. We are further committed to getting many more couples married through the trust next year.”

Simultaneously, Al Haj Imthiyaz Ahmed Karkala said, “ Today’s wedding ceremony was conducted under the leadership and guidance of my elder brother Al Haj K.S. Mohammed Masood, Al Haj K.S. Nissar Ahmed Karkala, chairman and managing director of Nash Group of Companies, another brother, is sponsoring it.”

“This is a matter of great happiness for us. We will continue to do more social work through the trust and with the cooperation and guidance of brothers,” added Imthiyaz.

About the organisation:

Haji Karkala Shaikh Shabu Sahib Memorial Trust established in memory of Shaikh Shabu Sahib of Karkala is functioning under the chairmanship of his eldest son Al Haj K.S. Mohammed Masood. This trust strives for the empowerment of the economically backward, Protection of women, orphans, educational guidance to deserving students, encouragement for sports and other social activities, establishment of separate hostel for male and female students, providing accommodation, organising camps on self employment and vocational courses, organising free medical camps, helping physically and mentally challenged. The mission of the trust is to provide assistance to the citizens, give priority to women empowerment, provide assistance to the differently abled etc. At present, the trust is providing accommodation to elderly women who do not have family support in a building named 'Darussafakat' at Kudroli.

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In addition, the party has also appointed Vice President of non-resident Indians forum and All India Congress Committee’s Indian Overseas Congress (IOC) secretary in-charge Dr. Arati Krishna as the chairperson of the KPCC NRI Cell.

Anwar, a non-resident Kannadiga residing in Dubai for the past 18 years, has been an active member of the Congress party for a decade, particularly within its social media unit. He is also serving as the member of the social media unit of INCAS. In 2019, he served as a member of the publicity committee for the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, attended by former AICC president Rahul Gandhi in the UAE.

Alongside, Anwar has also been actively serving in social, religious and educational fields and is also recognised by several non-resident Kannadiga organisations.