Sunday, September 11, 2011

Wedding & Walima Ceremony of Forhad Hussain & Shamima Akhtar

This afternoon I went to the Wedding and Walima Ceremony of Forhad and Shamima in High Rocks, Tunbridge Wells.  Forhad is a fellow Labour Councillor in Newham and also an UNISON member (project officer for a central London hospital).

West Ham MP, Lyn Brown, was also a guest.

This is the first Muslim wedding I have been to and was most impressed. It was a colourful, friendly, good humoured family oriented event with lots of lovely food.  I enjoyed watching the traditional banter between the groom's and bride's family when Forhad arrived at the venue and he was initially refused entry. 

The religious service was quite short and repeated in Arabic, English and Bengali. 

Many, many thanks to Forhad and Shamima for a wonderful day and to their family who worked so hard to look after us all.
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