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Muslim Wedding Rituals that make an Islamic wedding so special

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Everyone knows that when it comes to Muslim weddings, the first thing that comes to mind is delicious biryani! But what most people don't realize is that there is so much more to a Muslim marriage than just the food! One of the most popular religions, Islam has a wide range of rituals and unique customs to follow during its ceremonies. So let's take a look at all the amazing things that make Muslim marriage a truly special event!


Salatul Ishtikara - Prayers to Allah

This is a pre-wedding ritual in which the person prays for Allah's blessing on the marriage. Salatul Ishtikara is a special prayer performed to seek Allah's guidance in making decisions. This ceremony is  an official announcement of the marriage. 

Imam Zamin - Bride's mother to bless

This follows the Salatul Ishtikara. It entails the groom's mother visiting the bride's home. She brings gifts and sweets, as well as an ominous gold or silver coin. It is wrapped in a silk scarf and tied around the bride's wrist to mark her formal welcome and acceptance into the new family

 

Mangni – The ring ceremony

The Mangni is an important part of the Muslim wedding ceremony and is typically performed in the presence of family and friends. It is a formal announcement of the marriage, during which the bride and groom exchange vows. During the Mangni, the bride and groom exchange rings, which represent the couple's commitment to one another. The couple also exchanges gifts and recites the nikah (marriage contract), which is read out by the Imam. After the Mangni, the couple is officially married and are now allowed to be seen together in public.

 

Manjha– Haldi Ceremony

Manjha is the Muslim ceremony equivalent to the haldi ceremony. It takes place two days before the wedding. In their respective homes, the bride and groom dress in yellow and are smeared with a turmeric and sandalwood paste in rosewater. Following some celebrations, they are bathed in holy water. They are not permitted to leave their respective homes until the wedding day.

 

Mehendi

Mehendi is an important part of many Muslim wedding ceremonies. It is believed that the application of mehendi on the bride's hands and feet is a sign of good luck and a blessing from Allah. The mehendi is usually applied in intricate designs, and the darker the colour, the more blessed the union is believed to be. The bride typically wears her mehendi for several days, and it is traditionally removed by the groom on the wedding night.  The groom's initials are hidden in the design, and he has to find them on the wedding night. The mehendi ceremony is usually attended by the bride's female family and friends, who sing and dance to celebrate the union.

 

Sanchaq- Groom’s family visit

Sanchaq is a traditional Muslim wedding ceremony that usually takes place a few days before the actual wedding. It typically involves the bride and groom's families gathering at the bride's house and exchanging gifts. The bride and groom are usually presented with jewelry and traditional clothing, as well as money. The families also exchange sweets and exchange blessings for the couple. After the ceremony, the bride and groom are usually taken to a park or other outdoor area for photographs. The event is celebrated with great enthusiasm, and is often a memorable moment in the couple's marriage

 

Baraat - Groom Arrival

In a Muslim wedding, the groom and his family arrive in a procession known as the Baraat. The groom is often carried on a white horse and is accompanied by his family, friends, and a dhol (drummer) who adds to the festive atmosphere. A bride's family member goes to join him. It is a wonderful, loud procession announcing that the wedding will take place in a few hours.

 

Welcome

The groom is greeted by the bride's family at the wedding venue. He is served a cool drink while in the company of the bride's brother or the bride's closest brother figure. They spray ittar or rosewater on the groom and around him to make a lovely path for him to walk down.

 

Nikah - The Main Ceremony

A Nikah is the primary wedding ritual performed by the Maulvi. The men are seated around the groom, while the women are seated around the bride. The bride's father is the bride's Wali. The groom's family offers her Mehr in order to get her consent. The Maulvi recites prayers from the Quran.

The most important Muslim wedding ritual is the Ijab-e-Qubool. The bride and groom are separated from each other. The Maulvi asks for their consent, and they have to say "Qubool Hai" three times to do so. The bride and groom must say it three times and are separated from each other during the process by a hijab.

The Nikah Nama follows. This is the official marriage contract, in which the duties of the groom and bride are recited in the presence of two witnesses from the bride's and groom's families. After the official marriage is signed, a khutbah is recited, followed by the Quranic marriage vows. Finally, the elders give durud, or blessing, on the new bride and groom

 

Arsi Mushraf - See through Mirror

After the Nikah is completed and the marriage is legally recognized by the officiant, the newlywed couple gets to see each other for the first time.

The bride and groom sit next to each other with their heads still covered by a veil or scarf, and a mirror and the Holy Quran are placed between them. The couple is allowed to see each other in the mirror. Well, their spouse's reflection.This occurs after the wedding, but it is still a part of the wedding rituals.

 

Rukhsat -The Goodbyes 

The first post-wedding ritual is this. The bride bids her family farewell. It's an obviously emotional time. When the bride arrives at her new home, however,Rabbaitul Bait" which  means Queen of the Home, is greeted warmly by her mother in law. To represent the bride's duties as a wife, the Holy Quran is placed on her head.

 

Walimah-The Grand Celebration

Walimah is an important part of Muslim wedding ceremonies. It is a feast or celebration that is held after the wedding ceremony and serves to formally announce the union of the new couple to the community. The Walimah usually involves a large meal with plenty of entertainment, such as music and dancing. The event is open to the public, and friends and family are invited to share in the celebration.

 

Chauthi – Visiting bride’s house

Chauthi is the final post-wedding ritual. This occurs four days following the wedding. The bride and groom traveled to see the bride's family. When they arrive, they are greeted with gifts and love from the bride's family. Following the exchange of greetings and sweet words, the family enters the dining room for a hearty meal. The meal concludes the two families'  wedding ceremony and rituals. Before they leave, the bride and groom are showered with gifts and prayers.

These Muslim wedding rituals are distinct from any other wedding rituals or traditions we've heard about. These are the authentic Muslim wedding traditions that the bride, groom, and their families are expected to follow.

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