Nelson Mandela’s eldest grandson, Mandla Mandela, got married to Rabia Clarke in a private Muslim ceremony.
The marriage took place at the Kensington Mosque followed by a reception at the Orange Hotel in Cape Town.
Mandela is a traditional chief in the Eastern Cape village of Mvezo where his grandfather was born.
Former Muslim Judicial Council president Sheikh Ebrahim Gabriels officiated at the ceremony attended by family and friends.
Mandela made the announcement late Sunday afternoon. “I am honoured and delighted to announce my marriage to Rabia Clarke, in Cape Town, on 6 February 2016. I wish to extend my heartfelt gratitude to Rabia’s parents, her extended family and the Muslim community, for welcoming me into their hearts.
“Although Rabia and I were raised in different cultural and religious traditions, our coming together reflects what we have in common: we are South Africans.”
Mandla Mandela,the grandson of Madiba embraced Islam and got married recently. The nikah was performed by Sh Ebrahim Gabriels. We wish them the best and Pray Allah swt grant them a long and happy life. Ameen
Gabriels said Mandela embraced Islam last year. Soon after, Clarke’s father approached Gabriels and requested that he perform the marriage ceremony.
A Muslim marriage is usually conducted in the mosque of the father of the bride’s choice, with the groom offering a dowry to his new wife and reciting his intention to marry her. At the ceremony, called the nikah, the bride is represented by her father or next most senior relative.