You probably have got the marriage invitation for a Muslim wedding. Are you excited to attend it but confused as the name of the rituals and the ceremonies are totally unfamiliar? Well, no worries, we have got your back as we are explaining different traditions and rituals performed in Muslim wedding:
1. Salatul Ishtikara
This is one of the pre-wedding ceremonies in Muslim culture. The ritual can be termed as where the couple officially announces about their marriage. The families of both sides perform the prayer to seek the blessings of almighty for the marriage.
2. Imam Zamin
This is again a pre-wedding ritual which follows Salatul Istikara. As per it, the mother of the groom visits the bride’s home and brings the gifts and sweets along with eloquent gold and silver coins. These are wrapped in the scarf and later tied around the wrist of the to-be bride. This ceremony is where the groom’s mother accepts the bride and welcomes her in the new family.
You probably have heard about this term. This is the engagement ceremony where the couple exchanges the rings.
The ceremony is like the Haldi ceremony and you can find its mention in the Muslim wedding invitations often. The ceremony is organised two days prior to the wedding. The bride and the groom are smeared with the paste of rose water and turmeric. Later there are many celebrations which are followed by the bride and groom bathing in holy water. After this ceremony, they are not allowed to leave their place and not even see other till the wedding.
This is the last pre-wedding ritual. It involves the male members of the groom’s family as they visit the bride’s family. They carry the bridal outfit, jewelry and accessories along with many gifts.
The Muslim wedding cards will have a mention of it and if you haven’t been the part of the “barat” before, we strongly suggest you be the part of it. It is basically the procession carried out by the groom’s family as the groom gets ready to marry his bride. With all the loud beats of “dhol-nagadas”, some really groovy dancing, the groom along with his family members go to the wedding venue where they are welcomed by the bride’s family.
The groom and his family are welcomed by the bride’s family. They spray the rosewater and ittar (perfume) as they welcome them. Later they are served with a cool drink.
There are many rituals performed in this wedding ceremony. It is performed by Maulvi, the priest in Muslim culture. All the women accompany the bride and the men sit with the groom. Later the groom’s family proposed a Mehr to seek the consent of the bride which is followed by prayers by Maulvi.
Later the ritual of Ijab-e-qubool is performed where the Maulvi asks the bride and groom whether they take each other as their lawfully wedded husband and wife. They have to say “Qubool Hai” three times if they do.
Later the Maulvi recites the duties of the groom and the bride as mentioned in Quran. This is known as Nikah Nama. After this, the bride and the groom officially sign their marriage. They, then seek the blessings of the elderly in the family.
9. Arsi Mushraf
In this ceremony, the bride and the groom finally see each other through a mirror which is kept between them.
This is where the bride bids goodbye to her family and steps into her new home with the groom. The groom’s mother welcomes her. She is given a Quran which symbolises her duty as the wife.