Muslim Marriage Ceremony

Muslim Marriage Ceremony

Muslim marriage according to Muslim laws is a contract. The celebration of a Muslim marriage is called "Nikah''. Its validity depends upon the consent of both parties, called "Ijab" and "Qabul". The declaration and acceptance should be in the presence of two male witnesses and a "mehr" is usually decided, which should not be less than 10 dirhams. The Muslim law appoints no specific religious ceremony, nor is any religious rites necessary for the contraction of a valid marriage. The religious ceremony is left entirely to the discretion of the Qazi or the person who performs the wedding. Some only recite the "Fatihah" and the "Durud". The usual practice is for the groom to recite the lines after the Qazi ending with "Qabul, Qabul, Qabul".

The most common order of performing the service is that the Qazi, the bridegroom and the bride's attorney, with the witnesses assemble in some convenient place. Arrangements are made as to the amount of dower or mehr. The bridegroom then repeats various lines after the Qazi ending with "qabul, qabul, qabul".

After the "nikaah" the groom is taken to the "zenana" (ladies' section). At the threshold, he gives money and gifts to the sister of the bride. The groom receives the blessings of the elder women and offers them his salaam or salutations. Dinner is served separately to the ladies and the gentlemen. For the first time, after dinner both the couple are seated together and a "dupatta" is used to cover their heads while the "maulvi" makes them recite prayers.

The groom stays overnight in a separate room at the girl's house with a younger brother. In the morning, the boy's family comes to accompany the bridal couple to their home. During the "rukhsat", the father of the bride gives her hand to her husband and asks him to protect her forever.

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