A handwritten wedding card in Urdu dating back to 1933 is taking the internet by storm. Image credit – Twitter
Wedding cards are always considered an important part of marriage. People try to give these cards a unique theme to attract the attention of the invitees. From gold-plated words to digital audio-visual systems, the themes and designs have seen many changes over the years, but the tradition goes back a long way. Recently, a wedding card from 1933 has been making a lot of noise on the internet.
Apart from its simplicity, another aspect that fascinated users was that the card was handwritten. Karachi-based fashion designer Sonia Battla posted a picture of the invitation on her personal Twitter page. He wrote the note “My grandchild and grandfather’s wedding invitation circa 1933” in the post.
The invitation is written in Urdu. To make it understandable for everyone, the user translated the invitation in its entirety in the comment section. The translation states that the certificate was written on behalf of Muhammad Ibrahim, who warmly welcomed the guests to attend the marriage ceremony of his son Hafiz Muhammad Yusif. On 23 April 1933, he asked everyone to come to his house in Qasim Jaan Street, Delhi.
“I praise and thank the Prophet Muhammad
Hello, dear sir
I thank God Almighty for this blessed time. The wedding of my son Hafiz Muhammad Yusef was scheduled for Sunday, April 23, 1933/27 Zil-Hajj 1351.
— (@Night_Dweller_1) December 30, 2022
From there, Baraat would leave for the bride’s house at 11:30. The Nikkah or marriage would take place there. In the end, Ibrahim also gave a brief information about Valim or the receiving party. It was set for April 24, 1933, and the celebration would begin at 10 a.m. Before signing, Ibrahim made a modest plea: “Accuracy will make me comfortable.”
The age-old wedding card could not fail to amaze Twitter users. There were many reactions in the comment section. One person thought Urdu was a “beautiful language”. He wrote: “Language and grammar struck me, what a beautiful language Urdu once was, despite being under the British Empire at that time.”
The language / grammar caught my attention, how beautiful Urdu was once, even though the subcontinent was then under the British Empire.
— Muhammad Tahir (@tahirmuh) December 31, 2022
Another user pointed out something interesting. The bride’s name is not written anywhere on the invitation. He asked, “I wonder if that was the norm back then?”
Interestingly, the bride’s name or details are not mentioned here. I wonder if this was the norm back then.
— Sayem Raza (@SayemRaza11) January 1, 2023
One person shared a wedding card from 1929, noting: “By the way, I found this invitation from my grandfather who got married in 1929. It says there were about 15 European guests at the wedding.”
By the way, I found this invitation from my grandfather who got married in 1929. It is said that about 15 European guests came to the wedding. pic.twitter.com/voHnR3uNyV
— Afser Muhasin (@afsermuhasin) January 2, 2023
Here are some other reactions:
My ancestors are also from Delhi. However, I have yet to meet an Indian resident of modern/old Delhi who can speak Urdu properly. The people of Aligarh and Lakhnu speak Urdu very clearly, at least some of them.
— Sheharyar Ilyas (@Sheharyar79) December 30, 2022
Nice to see this…And BTW… This card is printed at Jayyed Press, Ballimaran, Delhi. This work was started in 1919 by my grandfather Hakim Zaki Ahmad Khan. Sadly, the press closed in November 2018, just months shy of completing 100 years in business.
— Saiful Islam (@SaifulI18148616) January 1, 2023
Look at the humility of our fathers. They will continue to be a guiding torch for us and many generations to come. May their souls rejoice forever.
— Yusuf Jameelyusuf جميل (@jameelyusuf) December 31, 2022
Since being shared online, the Twitter post has so far garnered over 9,000 likes. It also received hundreds of retweets on the platform.
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