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Beautiful Ceremonies Of Muslim Wedding

18 Sep

Muslims weddings reflect the rich and ancient culture, consisting of several ceremonies that are observed over the course of some days. Both the families & friends of the bride and the groom actively participate in the affair, which is held lavishly in every aspect whether it is the food, décor, functions or anything else.

Dowry Agreement
The agreement of the ‘Meher’, which the groom has to give to his future wife, is one of the first things to be done as part of Muslim Matrimony. The bride’s family is supposed to decide the amount of the ‘Meher’, which is meant to secure the future of the wife.

Henna Ceremony
Some of the ceremonies after the Dowry Agreement differ from one country to the other. The next ceremony to take place is the Henna ceremony and it is not described in Quran. It takes place usually in the evening and 1 or 2 days before the wedding. At first, the bride is given a purifying bath, called Hammam. After this, the bride is bathed in perfumed water and henna is applied on her feet and hands. The ceremony is not only meant for beautification but has a deeper meaning. It is supposed to bring good omen and is accompanied with dancing and singing by members of the family.

Wedding Celebrations
Muslim weddings are usually held at the bride’s home or at the mosque and are accomplished by a Muslim religious official. The ceremony starts with the recitation of short speech in the Arabic language and verses from Quran are also recited in Arabic. Then the groom is asked by the religious official if he agrees to take the girl as his wife and the same approval is sought from the girl in the presence of several witnesses while the dowry amount is recalled. Then they receive the marriage certificate.

A warm welcome is given after this by the family as part of the reception ceremony called the “Walimah”. Here the couple along with family and friend partakes of a grand feast and this marks the end of the ceremonies.

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Muslim Wedding

27 Sep

Muslim Wedding, which is popular by the name of ‘Nikah’, is an immensely joyous and a love filled occasion. Just like most of the other Indian weddings, a Muslim Wedding too has many rituals before and after the marriage. However, the rituals of a Nikah are greatly different from the weddings of other religions.

Before The Marriage:
Some of the important pre-wedding rituals are mentioned below:

Istikhara- The head priest, under whose guidance the wedding is supposed to takes place, seeks permission from God for the marriage.

Imam-Zamin- A silver or gold coin is wrapped in a silk cloth. This silk cloth, which is also called as Imam-Zamin, is tied to the arm of the bride by the mother of the Groom.

Mangni- The families of the bride and the groom visit each other’s place with fruits and sweets. These days, the couple also exchange rings in this ceremony.

Manjha- The bride is dressed in yellow clothes and a turmeric paste is applied on her body.

Mehndi- The hands and feet of the bride are decorated with beautiful designs of Mehndi. This is one of the most important rituals for a bride.

Sanchaq- The Bride is gifted the dresses and jewellery by the Groom’s family. She is supposed to wear the same on the Nikah and Chauthi.

The Big Day:
Just when the Baraat reaches the wedding venue, the groom is offered some Sharbat, which he is supposed to enjoy in the company of his brother-in-law. Then the actual Wedding Ceremony begins in the presence of two Maulavis. One Maulavi represents the Bride’s family and the other represents the groom’s family. After the amount of Mehar, a mandatory amount of money to be given to the bride by the groom, is decided, the bride is asked to give her consent three times for accepting the groom as her husband. Same is asked to the Groom. Once they give their consent, families and friends congratulate each other and the newly wedded couple. Then Khutba, a religious hymn, is recited.

Aarsi Mushaf- The bride and the groom are asked to seat in front of each other. A dupatta acts as a shed on their heads. Then they are asked to see each other with help of a mirror placed between them in the presence of the Holy Quran.

After these rituals are over, the bride proceeds for the ‘Rukhsati’ to leave for her new home and start her married life. Seeped in culture, a Muslim Wedding forms a strong link between the families of the groom and bride as well.

Muslim Marriage

15 Jun

As the strong advocate of marriage, Muslim marriage commonly known as ‘Nikaah’ is celebrated with a lot of vigor and magnificence. For Muslim’s, marriage is a religious duty and a social responsibility. It is a voluntary union of two people- a man and a woman for conjugal life and for raising a family. Unlike Indian weddings which take place at an auspicious time, Muslim marriages take place at any convenient time.

For a Muslim marriage to be valid, certain conditions must be met

  • Consent of both bride and groom
  • ‘Mahr’ a gift from groom to his wife
  • 2 witnesses (male or female)
  • Marriage must be a public affair and not kept as a secret

Muslim wedding is divided into pre-wedding, wedding and post-wedding rituals. All the ceremonies related with the wedding are celebrated with a lot of zeal and splendor.

Pre-wedding rituals

  • Istikhara- This ritual increases the level of excitement and enthusiasm among the families of brides and grooms. Mujtahid (religious head) obtains the consent from the God with the help of a Rosary. And then the mother of the groom along with other female relatives and family members pays a visit to the bride’s home with sweets. The boy’s family sees the girl’s face for the first time at this occasion.
  • Mangni- In this ceremony, the female members of boy’s family visit the house of the girl with lot of food, sweets and vegetables. The sweets are then distributed among the girl’s friends and family. Exchange of rings between bride and groom takes place.

Wedding rituals

  • Nikaah- It is the day of wedding when invited guests and relations assemble at bridegrooms place. Bride wears a long flowing skirt and a blouse dress that is known as ‘Sharara’. And the head is covered by a ‘dupatta’. A groom wears a ‘Sherwani’ or a traditional salwar and kurta. Settlement of ‘Mahr’ takes place and Mujtahid asks the bride and groom separately, whether they accept each other as husband and wife. If both answer in affirmation thrice, then Mujtahid recites religious discourses and the Nikaah is completed.

Post-wedding rituals

  • Arsi Mushaf- Arsi means the mirror and Mushaf means the holy Quran. It is the occasion when groom for the first time sees the face of the bride in a mirror held between them.
  • Salami- After Arsi Mushaf ceremony is over, both bride and groom salutes the elders and gets money and presents from them.

Hence, Muslim weddings are a grand affair with lots of joy, pomp, celebration and feast. These weddings are a sight of color, beauty and magnificence.


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