Fascinated by Indian culture, an American Muslim couple renew their wedding vows according to Hindu rituals


India is a nation with a vibrant culture that welcomes individuals of different nationalities and religions. Back then, everyone heard of travelers who came to the country just to end up falling in love with its people and culture.

In a similar incident, an American Muslim couple on a visit to India were seduced by the country’s allure and chose to renew their vows in accordance with Hindu traditions.

The couple reconnected on Saturday in Jaunpur, a town in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.

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Kiyamah Din Khalifa and Kesha Khalifa already had a Nikah, or marriage according to Muslim rituals nearly two decades ago and even have nine children. However, they decided to remarry in accordance with Hindu rituals after falling in love with the culture and traditions of India while visiting the country.

According to India Today, after seeing the Ghats, temples and other places of worship in Varanasi, the couple chose to renew their vows using Hindu customs because the culture fascinated them.

The ceremony took place at the Trilochan Mahadev temple in Jaunpur. According to Ravi Shankar Giri, the priest of the temple, “the couple are in their forties and they are already married according to Muslim traditions”.

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Kesha Khalifa, the bride according to the report, said her grandfather is a Hindu of Indian descent.

On their wedding day, the couple were forced to leave without their marriage registration document as neither of them had a passport or visa. However, after completing the necessary paperwork for marriage registration, they received it the next day.

(With agency contributions)

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