Muslim (Islamic) wedding is an entirely different rituals. Islam is one of the prominent religions in the world. Muslim Wedding traditions vary greatly based on countries and regions, but at its heart, the ‘Nikah’ ceremony remains the same. This word is something so Islamic version.
When it’s about Muslim wedding, everyone please to see the whole ceremony from Pre-Wedding rituals to wedding day attire. The most of all the Islamic culture are so concise and so simple to go with. Its like peace over the days. The Silent, Sober and Enjoyable moments is main source of Wedding.
The tradition are done of both already existing rituals and updated version. People follow traditional Islamic wedding rituals which are a unique blend of traditional Islamic customs as well as adapting the pre-existing rituals.
Salatul Ishtikara – It is official announcement of the marriage to the community. Arranged marriages are prevalent among Indian Muslims and the matches are generally sought within the same religious and communities. Once a match have been finalized by the families who deem each other compatible, the Imam (A leader of Islamic Community) of the nearby mosque is organized and he (Imam) performs a special prayer where he seeks Allah’s consent for the intended union and ask Him to bless the future spouse.
- Imam Zamir – After Ishtikhara is done, Groom’s mother go to the Bride’s house carrying Sweets, Fruits and some Gold coin wrapped in a silk cloth or box. As she is the choice of in law’s family, Mother in law ties a silk scarf on her wrist to accept her as a Daughter in law.
- Mangni – Mangni is just like the official engagement ceremony between the bride and groom and their respective families. Close friends and relatives from both the families gather on a pre-determined day to witness the bride and groom exchange rings. This ceremony officially seals the connection with each other’s family.
- Manjha (Haldi Ceremony) – Manjha means a two days before actual Nikah. Bride wear yellow dress on this day. A fine paste of turmeric, Sandalwood and Rose water is applied to both the partners individally. The women of both the family have gather to have fun and mischief. After Manjha, bride is not supposed to leave the house till the wedding day.
- Mehandi – Mehandi is also called Heena, which is applied on bride hand. It is important ritual to have paint your both hand and feet. Bride hires a professional designer to paint her hand. Nowadays artist are available on your booking.
After all of this Bride got so many dresses, gifts and one unique bridal outfit which she has to wear in time of Nikah. They give her the matching jewelries according to the outfit and relates accessories (like Cosmetic, footwear, perfume, bangles etc.). Bride have to wear nose ring (Nath) in right side of the nose compulsory.
One key piece is worn importantly to identify that she is a Muslim Bride that is Jhumka or pasa and maang Tika attached to her hairstyle.
- 1 Baraat – The Groom sets out his house with great pomp and excitement. The car is decorated so well with flowers where he sits and followed by their relatives and close friends to heading towards the venue.
- 2 Welcome – As the Groom and their relatives, friends enter towards the venue met with the Bride’s family. He is warmly welcome to the venue with sprayed with ittar-scented,Soft-drinks, water and snacks.
- 3 Nikah — The Wedding or Nikah ceremony is officiated by a religious priest or Maulvi. The men and the women are seated in separate groups for the ceremony. The groom’s family presents the bride with Mehr (which is a generally pre-decided amount of cash) to seek her consent for marrying the groom. The Maulvi starts the Nikah proceeding by first saying a prayer from the Quraan. Next, he asks the bride if she is consenting to marry the groom by accepting the Mehr. This is where he asks the bride the phrase ‘Qubool Hai?’.
Then the Maulvi moves on to the groom and repeats the procedure. This ritual is known as Ijab-e-Qubool. The Maulvi then recites paragraphs from the Holy Quran which are equivalent to marriage vows. After reciting the vows, wherein the elders of the family shower their blessings on the newly wed spouse.
- Rukhsat – Soon after the wedding is concluded, the bride get tearful goodbye to her family and sets off for her husband’s house. When she arrives at her husband’s house, she is extended a warm welcome by her mother-in-law. As a gesture of welcome as well as reminder of her duties, the Holy Quran is placed on her head.
- Walima – The ceremony of Walima is the party throwing after she comes to Groom’s house. It is generally done by holding a grand reception party. For the reception, the bride and groom are generally seated on a throne top a stage, where they meet and greet all members from both families. The event includes a grand feast of traditional Muslim delicious like Biryani, Meat Korma, Deserts, Soft-Drinks, etc.
- Chauthi– This ceremony involves the bride visiting her parent’s home on the fourth day of the wedding accompanied with her new husband. Her parents treat the newlywed spouse with a lavish lunch and give them various gifts. The Chauthi concludes all the events of a typical Muslim Wedding.