By Imam El-Amin, MMNS
Imam Abdullah Bey El-Amin, of Detroit, Michigan and his wife Cheryl Zahirah El-Amin, recently celebrated 30 years of marriage by renewing their wedding vows at Detroitâ€™s Muslim Center. The ceremony was designed to show the gratitude to ALLAH for the many blessings that came out of the union that He caused to come into being.
The renewal ceremony had a double special meaning as it was put on by the three children of the couple and their spouses. Son, Maurice and wife, Camisha; daughter, Zarinah and husband Halim, and son Idris and wife Colette. Imam Dawud Alim, longtime friend and acquaintance of the couple officiated the ceremony.
Prophet Muhammad (s), was quoted as saying â€œwhen a man marries he has fulfilled half of the religion, so let him fear Gâ€™d regarding the remaining half.â€ Also, in sura 52, ALLAH makes the beautiful promise to us â€œAnd those who believe and whose offspring follow them in faith â€“ We unite them with their offspring; and We will not deprive them of any of their work. Every man (or woman) is pledged for what they do.â€ 52:21
The evening was shared by many of the coupleâ€™s friends and family, which included representatives of people from Prophet Abrahamâ€™s seed as well as brothers and sisters from other religious groups. The guests wrote many â€œpearls of wisdomâ€ and good wishes on slips of paper as they entered. These are being kept in a book of remembrance by the happy couple.
The evening ended with a scrumptious dinner and much cheer and good wishes.
As Salaam alaikum
(Al Hajj) Imam Abdullah El-Amin