Muslim Marriage Ceremony
Muslim marriage is quite different to compare with other marriage rituals. Marriage in Islam also called as ‘Nikah’ in Urdu. Every one of the Muslim community should follow ‘Nikah’ in the Islam religion. The significant of Muslim Wedding is an emphasis on the union of two souls. There are also some pre-wedding rituals. on the Marriage day, the couple follows the Pre-rituals and post-wedding rituals. These rituals followed to complete the ceremony of the marriage.
The Muslim marriage celebrates in the presence of the guardians of bride and groom. The relatives and friends also present as the witnesses to the marriage. Nikahnaama means the agreement between the Muslim bride and the groom. It is called Ijab-O-Qubul. The contract of the marriage recorded as for the Islam tradition and culture. The Quazi, the Muslim cleric, oversees the marriage rituals. At the time of the Muslim wedding the groom needs to pay Mehr, means a certain amount of money to the groom.
The wedding celebrates in the presence of the Guardians of the couple and creates a bond between the couple and the witnesses are the relatives. The documentation of the marriage and the presence of witnesses are the most important during the marriage rituals.
Muslim Wedding Celebrations
This is the first ritual in the Muslim marriage and called Istikhara. The religious head agrees to perform the wedding by receiving the blessings of Allah.
Imam-Zamin is the second ritual. The groom’s mother took sweets and Imam-Zamin, a silver or gold coin and went to the bride’s home. There she visits the Muslim bride and tied the silver coin which was wrapped in silken cloth at the upper portion of the girl’s hand. This is a main ritual in Muslim Wedding and called Imam-Zamin.
By following the ritual of Magni, all the family members of the bride visit the bride’s house with sweets and gifts and celebrates some joyful events. This is called Magni.
Nowadays the Mehndi ritual is celebrating during the Muslim Marriage in grand scale. The bride family members and relatives gather at the bride’s house and start singing and dancing. During the enjoyment, the hands and feet of the bride are adorned with henna designs.
In this ritual, the groom’s family sends the clothes and jewellery to the bride to wear at the time of Nikah.
Traditions of the Marriage in Islam
On the Muslim wedding day, the groom starts to the bride’s house by mounting the horse, his face covered with flowers and the relatives and friends follow him. This ceremony is called Baraat. When the Baarat reached the Bride’s house the family members of the bride welcome the groom and remaining followed him. Then the Bride’s brothers present to groom a glass of sherbet and Soon Nikah started.
Muslim Wedding and Head Men
There are two religious heads present at the Nikha place and represents each one to bride and groom. The amount of Mehar presented to the bride’s family members. After this, Maulavi asks Muslim bride a question three times about her opinion of accepting him as her husband, later he asked the groom whether he accepts the bride as his wife. After their acceptance, the couple signed in the Nikeahnama. Later all the family members blessed the couple for their prosperous wedded life. After the dinner, the couple is seated face to face and cover their heads with dupatta. Later the couple allowed seeing each other for the first time. This is called as AarsiMushaf.
Muslim Marriage and Post Rituals
After the Marriage in Islam, the bride farewell to her parents with the sorrowful mind. When she reached the groom’s house. Before she entering into the house the groom’s mother holds the Holy Quran over the bride’s head and wishes her to enter the house. Then she enters into the house and the groom family members follow the ritual of Valimah, which is arranging the feast to the relatives and friends of groom’s family.