It is an undisputed fact that a wedding is the most important event in one’s life. It is that one event that brings about the most drastic changes in life of an individual. It involves months of preparations that are seen in selecting appropriate wedding invitation cards for the guests or booking caterers and decorators, bridal outfits and the like. There are absolutely wide range of varieties that are available in almost everything, be it wedding invitation card designs or bridal outfits and it is practically difficult and time consuming to choose one over the other.
Like every other wedding, even the Muslim wedding has its own set of rituals that distinguish it from the other weddings held in the society. Let’s take a close look at all the rituals that are involved in uniting a couple through Muslim traditions.
Muslim marriages are held in Mosques– Almost all the Muslim marriages take place inside a mosque and they differ with the particular Muslim sect being followed. Men and women sit separately and it is usually a contract based marriage that is overseen by a Qazi.
Meher– It is a monetary amount given by the groom to the bride part of which is given before marriage and part of it later after being married. This monetary consideration by the groom can be given in the form of a gift, jewelry or money that she may utilize in her life pre or post marriage. These days a ring is given to a bride that itself is regarded as meher as it is given during the ceremony.
Nikah– Marriage in Muslims is a contract where the details of the things given in Meher are mentioned in the agreement and the couple sign the contract along with two witnesses. After it takes place they are made to accept each other by repeating he words “Qubool Hai” thrice. The agreement is then registered and as the conclusion of the ceremony, both the bride and groom share a sweet most probably a date.
Vows and Blessings– Although it is completely optional to incorporate other rituals in the Muslim wedding as soon as the Nikah takes place. However some people hold an additional ceremony called the “Fatihah” or the first chapter of Quran (the holy book of Muslims). In this ceremony, the couple recite vows and the listens to the official who reads out the significance of a marriage and a family as per Quran.