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The Bride’s Survival Guide: Organizing For A Muslim Wedding? Here Is What You Should Expect

Avoid the embarrassment at your first Muslim wedding ceremony by learning what type of wedding dress is expected,  dress code for the guests, what to do, and what not to at the wedding. A Muslim wedding ceremony is a soulful and beautiful event, marking and celebrating the dedication as a couple to the faith.

If you have never attended a Muslim religious wedding ceremony, you will need to ensure you are familiar with what to expect when you are invited as a guest to a Muslim marriage ceremony happens. Here is what you will find at a Muslim wedding ceremony, as well as the wedding reception.

  • As a guest, you will have to adhere to a respectful dress code while at the mosque as well as at the reception: When it comes to Muslim houses of worship, it is a solemn place where the faithful gather daily to pray. Because of that, men and women have to dress modestly when attending a Muslim wedding ceremony.

It is advisable to put on long pants or long skirts and dresses as the ideal dress code. Irrespective of your gender, you have to ensure that your bare hands are not showing too. As a woman, you might be required to cover your head and, thus, ensure you carry with you a scarf.

When it comes to the reception, the same modest clothing applies, but for the head, it will not be a must that you cover it.

  • You will have to remove your shoes at the mosque: If you have been invited as a guest to a Muslim wedding, you have to be prepared to remove your shoes before you enter the sacred part of the mosque. There will be a rack where to place your shoes and get them when leaving the mosque. It is a requirement so that you don’t take dirt into the mosque where prayers are held on carpets.
  • Men and women sit separately during the wedding ceremony: During the Muslim wedding ceremony, women and men are separated in the mosque. The wedding reception will have a gender separation, but of a different degree from that practiced in the mosque. Expect to find different rooms destined for women and men for celebration.

There might be something to separate at the wedding reception, or women and men might be placed on different tables. If you are not a Muslim faithful, your hosts might set you on a different coed table which has other non-Muslim guests.

  • Muslim wedding ceremonies are short as well as sweet: On average, a Muslim wedding takes an hour or less, but the Muslim wedding ceremony – Nikah – takes the shortest time that you have ever witnessed in other types of weddings. It has three main parts:
    • Mehr: It is the part where gifts are presented, money, or any other offering that is of importance to the bride, from the groom. The bride’s engagement ring is, at times, considered as part of the Mehr. During the Mehr, the groom and the bride are not supposed to see each other. In the next step, the couple has to consent to the marriage by reciting the qubool hai three times when asked by the religious officiant, who is usually an Imam.
    • Nikah-Namah: It is a Muslim contract of marriage that the couple sign before their guests. It is read loudly in Arabic during the Muslim wedding ceremony and signed immediately after it has been read. Quran verses are read during a short sermon, and automatically, the couple is declared husband and wife.

It is a document which is very important and generally referred to in case of a divorce, and thus, some couples will have a lawyer present to input into the contract

  • Nikah: It is a vow by the couple that they will adhere to the binding and sacred commitment between couples, as stated in Islamic laws during their marriage. Islamic faith leaders, Imams must officiate the ceremony
  • Savaqah: It is the last part of a Muslim wedding ceremony. While the couple is recessing from the ceremony, the bride is showered with several coins in celebration.
    • Fatihah: There will come a time when the Quran will be read. It is the first chapter of the Quran and is typically read as part of the Muslim wedding ceremony sermon. It usually marks the end of the formal Muslim wedding ceremony, and after which, the couple is considered married.
  • Mingling between men and women is not entertained: If you are attending a Muslim wedding for the first time, you will have to refrain from making new friends of the opposite sex during the reception dance floor. Don’t shake hands, dance, or initiate any physical contact with Muslims of the opposite gender unless they are the ones who start the interaction.
  • During a Muslim wedding ceremony, there can be a representation of various cultures: Islam tends to be a popular religion across the world, with over 25% of the world population embracing the religion. Because of that, the Muslim wedding is just a sign that the couple belongs to the faith but does not dictate the culture of the couple.

There are several Americans who have their in Arabic countries and belong to the Muslim faith: African-Americans, Asian Americans, and Nigerian Americans. But the Muslim faith tends to be practiced amongst a variety of ethnic groups in the United States of America.

What it means is that your first Muslim wedding ceremony might also be your first Indian wedding or your first African American or Nigerian American wedding. You might be treated to a variety of cultural practices, which might make the wedding unique and impressive.

Don’t limit yourself to knowing only about the Muslim wedding ceremony and reception. Get to read a variety of other wedding styles: Bohemian weddings; Christian weddings; Hindu weddings; Indian weddings; Asian weddings and much more by visiting the ultimate bride’s Survival guide which has all the information regarding various wedding types and styles; wedding ceremonies happening in different settings and seasons such as the fall weddings; winter weddings.


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