Lovely story from a Mosque

It’s good to read happy and positive news sometimes, even though some people think good news is boring.


The Algerian newspaper ‘Le Soir d’Algérie’ has a great story today about a wonderful gesture by the Imam of a mosque of Emir Abdelkader in Khenchela.  83 poor couples were given the gift of a free wedding.  This was not just a free swapping of the vows and signing registers, but the full monty including a wedding reception with a live music.Each couple was given gold rings and a generous gift of money to get them going.

Back in 2012 when I was visiting Egypt with my wife, a young man in his 30s invited us into his poor home to see the crocodile he was stuffing.  He turned to me and said how I lucky I was to be able to marry as he could not afford to do this.  Often in the West people see marriage as being ‘just a bit of paper’.  It’s great to see it so highly regarded in other cultures, and being supported and cherished in such a generous way.

On a more historical note, Khenchela is not only famous for its romantic spirit, but also for its wonderful Roman baths that are still used by local people.  I don’t allowing people to have a swim in the Roman baths is going to happen in the very staid city of Bath in the UK…


Wedding story at:



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