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7 things you should know about muslim weddings


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If you are ever invited to a Muslim Wedding, here are some things to keep in mind.

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7 things you should know about muslim weddings

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  2. 2. You have been invited to a neighbor, co- worker or friends Muslim wedding. What should you wear, what you should you take, and what should you expect?
  3. 3. 1. Voluntary and mutual agreement between man and woman 2. Engagement 3. Nikah including Mahr (Dowry) + Khutbah (Sermon) 4. Walimah or Valimah (Reception)
  4. 4.  Most but not all Muslim weddings are multi- day affairs. Although you may be invited to the Nikah (the religious ceremony), there is a greater likelihood that you will be attending the reception where the “rules” are more relaxed. Follow the cue of your hosts and it will become fairly clear eg if there is gender separation.
  5. 5.  As there are many nations and cultures who are Muslim. There is no one prescribed way that marriages are celebrated and done.  Eg Pakistani, Arab, Afghan, Turkish, Indian and within each more categories  Eg Punjabi, Sindhi  Egyptian, Moroccon  Pashtun, Dari  And on top of that American-Muslim  And 1st, 2nd, 3rd generation  You have a potpourri of faith and culture.
  6. 6. 1. Reading Fatiha (Proposal) 2. Engagement 3. Dholki (All ladies pre-marriage party & music) 4. Mehndi or Hannah party (usually all ladies) 5. Nikah or Katb el-Kitab/ (Marriage ceremony in mosque or marriage hall or home) 1. Mahr (Dowry) 2. Khutbah (Sermon) 6. Shadi party (from Bride) 7. Walimah (Reception from Groom) 8. Rukhsiti (Farewell tribute of bride) 9. Registration (with City or County registrars office)
  7. 7.  For women modesty is the key word. You can dress elegantly but avoid showing “skin,” eg cleavage or wearing short skirts. Full sleeves and a long skirt or pants work. For men a suit or dinner jacket and pants are safe
  8. 8.  The invitation is your best guide. Most weddings will have some text like, “No boxed gifts.” In this case cash is king. Depending on how close you are to the family, if the invite is for you and your significant other, then e.g. a$100 bill may be good slipped in a card and handed at the reception. If it is the whole family invited double it. In some cultures the amount should be an odd number eg $101 etc.
  9. 9.  The Venue depending on which part of the wedding celebration it is may be at a home, mosque, restaurant, or hotel.  Food may be served or buffet style. Expect lots and for the hosts to keep coming back and saying ‘please have some more’  Muslim wedding usually (but not always) especially for the reception are larger. Your hosts will accommodate guests of different backgrounds, so don’t feel overwhelmed.
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