Muslim Wedding Traditions

Muslim Wedding Traditions
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Here's a quick run-down on Muslim wedding traditions.

The Nikah, which is the wedding ceremony, is an important part of Islamic tradition. After the bride-to-be talks to the Iman of the mosque it is time to arrange the "Mahar" which is a present from husband to wife.

The Qazi is an elder of the mosque and is the officiant of the ceremony. Traditionally, brides wear bold, glittery gowns and are adorned with jewellery and flowers. The groom either wears a suit or a traditional Muslim ensemble.

During the ceremony, the bride and groom are kept apart. The ceremony ends with a prayer called "Duoa." Traditionally the bride is drizzled with coins which is a custom called Savaqah.

The wedding banquet is called "Walima" and after the meal is served, the bride and groom sit together for the first time with their heads shielded by a dupatta and prayers are chanted.

The couple spend their first night as husband and wife in her house and in different rooms. The next morning the father of the bride takes them to their home and gives his daughter's hand. This ritual is called the rukhsat.

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