Islamic marriage ceremony
Marriage in Islam is not complicated as many people think. Just like marriage in any other religion, it consists of several traditions, customs and occasions that have to be fulfilled before the marriage is considered legally binding. In order to get married in Islam, there are a number of guidelines that should be followed in order to have a successful marriage:-
- Both men and women should fully agree to all aspects of the marriage before it takes place.
- The marriage should take place in public. There should be two witnesses from both the groom and the bride’s sides when the ceremony takes place. In Islam, secret marriages are not allowed, and all marriages should be made public. The guardian of the groom and bride should be present when the marriage contract is being signed. If the father and brother have both passed away, the closest person should be present, such as the uncle or cousin.
- The dower, also referred to as mehr, should be presented to the wife. What the dower consists of is completely up to both sides. Some people choose jewelry, whereas others prefer money or property. The future groom should also prove that he will be able to provide a place for the bride to stay.
- The actual ceremony of marriage should be done by an Islamic authority, such as a missionary. The process itself is extremely simple, where there will be forms filled out and both parties will have to confirm that they agree to the marriage by reciting their commitment to marriage. Moreover, the guardians of both partners will have to sign the written marriage agreement. In the case of couples living in countries without Islamic rules, they will also have to follow the laws there. For example, in the United States, the marriage should also be licensed in a civil court.
- After this, the celebratory phase of the wedding may be carried out. These may include wedding parties or dinner parties. The celebrations performed before and after the wedding differ from one culture and country to another. For example, many Muslim couples go through the engagement process first, whereas others just skip to signing the contract right away. There are others who do not even have a wedding. As mentioned previously, this will differ, and the couple will have to agree on something that is comfortable for both of them.
- Divorce is not recommended in Islam, especially if there are children involved. If both of them altogether refuse to live with each other and all reconciliation efforts fail, the divorce can take place with an agreement, which is also facilitated by an Islam authority. However, the woman will not be able to remarry until three months have passed. She also cannot remarry if she is pregnant, and will have to wait until the child is born.
These traditions are extremely beneficial to understand because many people think that the processes of Muslim marriages are extraordinarily complicated. However, this is wholly untrue, and they are just like marriages in any other religion.
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