In India, a Female Qazi solemnized the Nikkah
For marriage, the Qazi are usually men, but in India, a woman is also responsible for reciting Nikah.
In the Indian city of New Delhi, the marriage ceremony of the great grandson of the late Zakir Hussain, third president of the country, was conducted by Syeda Saidan Hameed, a femal qazi and Indian social worker.
Gibran Rehan and Arsala Ali got married last Friday which was attended by close friends including family members.
In the marriage, the bride and groom were asked to accept each other and the marriage sermon was performed by the female qazi instead of the male qazi.
According to the father of the bride, the idea of female qazi was bride’s, which was welcomed by the groom.
He said that there is no concept of female qazi in Indian Islamic society but when we talk about equality then why not a qazi should be female.
Dr. Hameed while talking to the media said that the additional significance of this marriage certificate is the agreement (contract) which contains the terms of equal rights and responsibilities with all aspects of married life by mutual consent of the bride and groom.