No age-limit on love

Published: April 7, 2011
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84-year-old Aslam weds 76-year-old Bano with their children’s blessing.

84-year-old Aslam weds 76-year-old Bano with their children’s blessing.

BHOWANA: 

An 84-year-old man married a 76-year-old woman near Bhowana on Wednesday. Raksa Lakki resident Aslam, 84, and his seven children took a barat to the house of Bano Begum, 76. The bride’s seven children gave her away at the wedding and the entire village celebrated the occasion.

“This is a very happy occasion, especially because the children of both partners support the marriage,” said Maulvi Abdul Khalid, adding “usually in such cases the families create a lot of animosity.” Residents of the area said that they wished the couple well. “It is wonderful to see two people finding happiness at the twilight of their life,” said Aslam’s neighbour Hafeez.

Aslam said that his first wife had passed away twenty years ago and that he had known Bano all his life. “She is a distant relative and she was also widowed for over a decade,” he said.

Aslam said he proposed to Bano a few months ago after seeking permission from her children. “I was glad when both our families blessed the match and encouraged us to get married,” Bano said.  Aslam’s son Qazim said that he was happy for his father and that all his siblings were making an effort to welcome their new stepmother.

Published in The Express Tribune, April 7th, 2011.

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  • muhammad adnan
    Apr 7, 2011 - 9:20AM

    nice to see the man marrying someone his own age for once.

    most of our oldies are besharama enough to marry girls old enough to be their daughters & it’s an indictment of the girl & her family also that just to get rid of their burden they marry off their daughter to men 10,15 years older .

    This sick practise has to end.Recommend

  • Imran
    Apr 7, 2011 - 9:28AM

    Allah mubarakkarayRecommend

  • Naveed Javed
    Apr 7, 2011 - 9:46AM

    Hadd Ho gyi Yaaar :DRecommend

  • Pakistani
    Apr 7, 2011 - 10:11AM

    God Bless both of Them and all of Us Ameen..Recommend

  • Abu Abdullah
    Apr 7, 2011 - 10:22AM

    OkayRecommend

  • Atif
    Apr 7, 2011 - 10:44AM

    NiceRecommend

  • Adnan
    Apr 7, 2011 - 11:16AM

    so romantic! thumbs up for the couple!Recommend

  • Ruhina Hashmi
    Apr 7, 2011 - 11:47AM

    Still some hope for this land then… where love and compassion reside.. there is hope yet.. may they have a good life ahead!Recommend

  • khizer Jalal
    Apr 7, 2011 - 11:48AM

    goood wishes!!!Recommend

  • D
    Apr 7, 2011 - 11:59AM

    Awww how sweet!Recommend

  • Ajaz
    Apr 7, 2011 - 12:19PM

    We must encourage such health activities. I personally appriciate the kids of both.Recommend

  • Love
    Apr 7, 2011 - 12:22PM

    This must have been his fantacy of his young age. Weldone oldman you have done it. Did you?Recommend

  • Bhutto
    Apr 7, 2011 - 1:04PM

    Great News… Man and Horse never goes Old.. Warm Wishes to Couple!!!Recommend

  • Karim Khan
    Apr 7, 2011 - 1:13PM

    Interesting!Recommend

  • tarek
    Apr 7, 2011 - 1:59PM

    but can they still do it??Recommend

  • Awais
    Apr 7, 2011 - 2:09PM

    I think they’ll try, thats the least they can do Recommend

  • Apr 7, 2011 - 2:20PM

    Great ….. I really love the essence of love that has been used by the author in this article… :)Recommend

  • Ducky
    Apr 7, 2011 - 2:39PM

    Grandpas still got game! :PRecommend

  • iqra
    Apr 7, 2011 - 2:40PM

    great OLD man…!! our blessings are with u and hats offffffff……….!!:-)Recommend

  • Shahzad S. Janjua
    Apr 7, 2011 - 3:15PM

    @Muhammad Adnan: We should realize that Prophet Muhammad Sallal Lahu Waalahe Waasalam also married to Hazrat Ayesha Radhi Allah Taalah Anhau with such comparision, if both families and the girl has no issue, we should not make an issue. Yes the girl acceptance is necessary in ALL cases.

    I hope you can clear this confusion from your mind. Recommend

  • Nazish Zafar
    Apr 7, 2011 - 3:49PM

    too glad for the couple and too sad for the people who think older people are supposed to live a life of invalids. Eagerly waiting for the time in our society when incidents of older people trying to live a normal life won’t qualify as ‘news’Recommend

  • Sheik
    Apr 7, 2011 - 3:53PM

    Astonished that our villages also adept their lifestyles!!! Recommend

  • John
    Apr 7, 2011 - 4:17PM

    After reading this article, read the article on the side, April 1, ” Hindus demand their right to register marriages”.

    Seems fair? At least these old couple get their marriage certificate. Should Hindu women who are in their prime of youth with all their dreams like any other women go through this in Pakistan.

    Can Allah be merciful to you?

    Speak up NOW and ACT, rather than worrying whether they can still “do it”.

    What is important. Love, doing ‘it’ or injustice?. Prioritize, oh Pakistan, my heart bleeds.Recommend

  • Sardar Khan
    Apr 7, 2011 - 6:25PM

    The best thing happening in Pakistan over a decade at least!Recommend

  • village_idiot
    Apr 7, 2011 - 8:26PM

    Love is all
    Rumi said centuries back. “Reason is powerless in the expression of Love.”
    After all this spring season is not all about destruction is killings, there are some good news too. I salute to great souls for taking a bold step toward mission accomplished. This kind of news should be part of front page, if we want to change the attitude of media.
    In Punjabi we say, ” Dil hona chahi da jawan umaran che ki rakhia.”Recommend

  • Aftab Kenneth Wilson
    Apr 7, 2011 - 9:26PM

    Please look someone for me. I am sixty but still better than youngsters. Anyhow it is good to have a life partner if one is widower.Recommend

  • M Tayyab Rafiq
    Apr 7, 2011 - 11:05PM

    Allah bless U.And u get a one more chance to increase your family member.You may live long. Recommend

  • Ali
    Apr 8, 2011 - 7:22AM

    The couple’s post-nuptial story must be worth listening!Recommend

  • Ali
    Apr 8, 2011 - 7:26AM

    I heard the “Sohaag Raat” of such couples is no further than a “gup shup”, followed by a back to back “snoring sleep”.Recommend

  • Ali
    Apr 8, 2011 - 7:30AM

    The couple’s post-nuptial story must be worth listening!
    I heard the “Sohaag Raat” of such couples is no further than a “gup shup”, followed by a back to back “snoring sleep”.Recommend

  • Rana Asghar
    Apr 8, 2011 - 10:49AM

    Good Show! May God keep the couple happy.Recommend

  • Allah Baksh baloch
    Apr 8, 2011 - 11:59AM

    I am waiting for the news from gynaecologist!!!!Recommend

  • Moma Bhutto
    Apr 8, 2011 - 1:42PM

    wow! i fl shocked on ths news,amazing ,both families are happy /Recommend

  • komal
    Apr 8, 2011 - 3:41PM

    strang!!!!!!!!!!!!!Recommend

  • General Zia Ul Haq
    Apr 8, 2011 - 4:26PM

    @Shahzad S. Janjua: What a silly comment to make… Prophet Muhammed (p.b.u.h) was a prophet and not an ordinary individual like anyone else around. If you remember the Prophet (p.b.u.h) also married a divorcee (and she was also older than him). In this 2011 primitive years that we are living in, no one would have the guts to do that – Obviously if there are lots of young girls available why should I go ahead and marry a divorcee…. Btw, the Prophet (p.b.u.h) also went to mairaj – why don’t you go there too if you can. So get your head clear and stop comparing yourself to a great person; cos you aint great!!Recommend

  • Skeptic
    Apr 8, 2011 - 6:24PM

    Sugar daddy..:pRecommend

  • S Taimoor
    Apr 8, 2011 - 7:01PM

    @Gen Zia Ul Haq: What a pathetic way of looking at things. Of course he was a Prophet. He said every single aspect of the way he conducted himself and how he led his life was only for us to see and learn from. Everything he did was an example for us to follow. Thats why he had multiple marriages, so ignorant fools like yourself could see that it was fine to marry a divorcee!Recommend

  • Wajeeha
    Apr 9, 2011 - 8:02AM

    @Shahzad S. Janjua: I think what Muhammed Adnan is trying to say is that Many older men marry younger women and the girls family is ok with it but the girl is not. Our Prophets (PBUH) story was quite unique as it was an honor to be his wife, he was a true man of ALLAH. His wife was willing to marry him.

    I agree with both of you as both points of view are correct.Recommend

  • Gilgit_Hunza
    Apr 10, 2011 - 12:39PM

    This is called true love……:-P :-PRecommend

  • ammara ahad
    Apr 10, 2011 - 5:47PM

    good.n well said age has no bar to celebrate love.as it is law full also.Recommend

  • Hassan
    Apr 11, 2011 - 12:03AM

    Question is, He has been widowed for 20 years and she has also been widowed and he has known her for a long time, Why didn;t he marry her earlier ? He is 84, but the old lion still has it in him, You can tell from his face. Whatever the case this is good news and good luck to this couple, Recommend

  • Imme
    Apr 18, 2011 - 9:54AM

    Love is a language only few can speak and understand . wonderful couple .. wish you all the happiness and prosperity Recommend

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