...Khalifah Isyaku Rabiu pays N1 million dowry; Gov, Emir to preside at Fatiha
By HALLIRU ADAMU ABUBAKAR
The first batch of 100 women out of 1000 initially planned are scheduled to get married off by the Kano State Hisbah Board at a mass wedding for divorcees and widows are to tier the knot this morning at Kano Central Mosque by 10 am.Speaking in an exclusive interview with the Triumph yesterday, the Commander-General and Chief Executive of the Kano State Hisbah Board, Sheik Aminu Ibrahim Daurawa who revealed this also announced groundrules for the mass wedding that beneficiaries are expected to abided by. Already a Kano-based philanthropist, Khalifah Isyaku Rabiu, leader of the Tijjaniya Sufi Muslim Sect in Nigeria and Africa has agreed to pay the sum of one million naira as dowry for beneficiaries of the Hisbah led wedding exercise. Each bride will therefore be paid N10,000 as dowry from the sum provided by the Khalifah, says Sheik Daurawa. Emir of Kano Alhaji Ado Bayero is expected to be the representative and guardian (Waliyy) of all the women while Kano State Governor, Engineer (Dr.) Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso is billed to be the representative and guardian (Waliyy) of all the would-be husbands.The Kano State Governor has also provided the sum of fifteen million naira on behalf of the State Government to facilitate the elaborate ceremony. Hisbah plans to buy all basic requirements for the bride, according to Commander-General Daurawa, who told our reporter “which includes beds, mattresses, pillows, beddings and basic cooking utensils. Other items to be provided to the newly weds from the government grant is a complete set of dresses with a ‘hijab’ (Muslim women’s veil) and a N20,000 seed money as capital for the women to embark on a self-sustaining trade or business. The men on the other hand are to also be fitted with a complete men’s wear made of guinea brocade (‘shadda’).The mass wedding fatiha, the first of its kind in the history of Kano state was the brainchild of Kano state Hisbah command and involves match-making of men and women who went through rigorous screening and counseling to satisfy the requirements of an ideal Islamic marriage as enunciated by the Hisbah.The first batch of 100 beneficiaries passed through such forms of screening as genotype and HIV/AIDS among others. They also freely chose their life partners, after which they were inducted into the marriage institution through seminars organized by the Hisbah highlighting the Islamic perspective of marriage. They also got trained on various trades to enable them fend for themselves once they got married. At the end of the exercise each of the newly weds will receive a Hisbah Command certificate of marriage which spells out the dos-and-don’ts of marriage in Islam they are expected to adhere to.?