BEIRUT: Lebanon’s Grand Mufti Mohammad Rashid Qabbani launched an institution over the weekend to help young Muslim couples get married and assist them with securing the furniture for their future homes.
The director of the institution, Hani Balaa, told The Daily Star that the Mawada and Rahma Institution, operating under Dar al-Fatwa, was established at the mufti’s initiative and had already began its activity a few months previous.
“We already provided assistance for some twenty couples and we are accepting applications from young men and women seeking help,” he said.
Balaa explained that institution receives donations from relevant traders and provides the furniture, home appliances and electronics, for young couples.
“Some couples remain engaged for more than two years sometimes because of their inability to furnish their home, especially in light of the tough economic conditions, so we decided to help,” he said.
“The mufti is keen on preserving the values of Islam and marriage is one of them,” he added.
The institution was launched during a dinner ceremony in Dar al-Fatwa Saturday attended by several businessmen and religious figures.
“Helping young men who seek marriage is a religious obligation, especially in light of the difficult economic circumstances Lebanon is experiencing,” Qabbani said.
He added traders can fulfill their duty to charity either by directly donating furniture and home appliances, or even by offering money to the institution.
Lebanon’s Dar al-Fatwa, the top Sunni religious authority in Lebanon, is experiencing divisions, as a spillover of politics imposes the risk of ending up with two muftis in the country.
Since the end of 2012, disputes between Qabbani and former Prime Minister Saad Hariri’s Future Movement have split the Higher Islamic Council into two.
The crisis has been expanding ever since.