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The Islamic Wedding. Traditions and Tips on Planning your Wedding

Before you start planning a Muslim wedding or attend your first Muslim wedding, it important to first acknowledge that a wedding in the Muslim culture is viewed as a religious obligation and a contract between the couple and Allah.

Also known as the Nikkah ceremony, the Islamic wedding is considered prophetic and a man and a woman are not allowed to be intimate unless they are officially joined in this ceremony where they both say ‘I do’.

For a successful wedding, here are traditions and tips on planning a Muslim wedding:

1. The Proposal & Acceptance
For the process to start, the proposal should be made by either the man or woman in the Islam culture, as long as the intention is marriage.
Between the proposal and acceptance, the couple can meet as many times as they would like to know each other, but it has to be in public or chaperoned. The Nikkah ceremony will then take place once the couple decides to step forward and make it official.

2. The Venue
As a religious ceremony in the Islam culture, the Nikkah ceremony is usually performed in a mosque, with the mosque’s leader or Imam officiating.
Remember, before entering the Mosque, you will be required to remove your shoes.
Within the mosque, the Muslim marriage ceremony includes gender separation, which is also maintained at the wedding reception, but to a lesser extent.

3. The Meher or Mahr
The marriage contract includes the Mahr (or Meher); this is usually an obligatory gift the groom gives to the bride. It includes a prompt before the marriage is consummated- most grooms give a ring; and a sum of money the bride decides- it can be an education, land, jewelry or any for formalities.
This acts as the bride’s security and guarantees her freedom in marriage.

4. The Nikkah-Namah
In the Nikkah ceremony, the marriage contract is usually signed to make it legal according to religious and civil law.
In addition, the groom or his representative proposes to the bride in front of at least two witnesses, describing the Meher in detail. However, the bride does not have to be present for this ceremony, as long as she sends two witnesses to the drawn-up agreement.

According to Islamic tradition, the couple may then share a piece of sweet fruit, such as a date but if the men and women are divided for the Nikkah, a wali (male delegate), represents the bride.
After the Nikkah, the wedding officiant may add a religious ceremony that includes reciting the Fatihah which is the first chapter of the Quran and the durud (blessings). While most Muslim couples listen to the officiant speaking on the importance of marriage to each other and to Allah, other couples do recite vows.

5. The Dress Code
The bride usually wears an elaborate gown that includes pearls, gold and jewels.
For a Muslim wedding ceremony, both men and women should dress modestly.
Long trousers or longer dresses and skirts are the most suitable options, and none is allowed to show off their bare arms. Women are expected to cover their heads as well, so carry a scarf with you.

6. The Savaqah
The last aspect of a Muslim wedding ceremony is the Savaqah. When the couple exits the wedding, the bride is showered with coins as a token of their happiness.

7. The Walima
The Walima happens after the marriage contract is signed. During this feast, lots of food is offered and in most Muslim cultures, the feast lasts for two days.
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