Muslim Marriages and Culture:
Marriage in Islam is recommended as a religious requirement. In muslim cultures,living together is not allowed before marriage.Therefore,the couple needs to go through the marriage rituals before they can live together their lives. Traditional muslim marriages are always big events.In muslim culture marriage is a occasion where friends,family and neighbours are all invited. Brides wear heavily ornated dresses and gold jewellery.
For a marriage to take place certain conditions are required:
1. Consent of both parties.
Nikah and Mehr:
2. Mehr which is gift to the bride from the groom.
4. The marriage should be publicized not kept as secret.
The only requirement for Muslim weddings is the signing of a marriage contract called" Nikah".The bride and the groom mutually agree and sign the contract. At the nikah ceremony two witness are required the nikah contract also includes Mehr. The new couple repeat the word Qabul which means in Arabic “I accept” three times. After the mutual acceptance, bride and the groom and the two witnesses sign the nikah contract. Which makes the marriage legal according to the religious and civil laws. The next day after the marriage the groom holds a grand feast called Walima.Relatives,friends and neighbours are invited it's a way to announce to others about the new marriage.
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