Muslim Marriage

24 Feb

The choice of a partner by a Muslim virgin girl is subject to the approval of the father or the guardian. This is to safeguard her welfare and interests. The prophet said “the widow and the divorced woman shall not be married until she has consented and the virgin shall not be married until her consent is obtained.”

According to the clear statement of the Qur’an, tranquility and peace through a successful union is considered the primary objective of marriage: (Among His signs is that He created for you spouses of your own kind in order that you may repose to them in tranquility and He instilled in your hearts love and affection for one another; verily, in these are signs for those who reflect (on the nature of the reality).)

(Ar-Rum 30: 21).

The marriage-gift (Mahr) is a divine injunction. The giving of Mahr to the bride by the groom is an essential part of the contract. (And give the women (on marriage) their Mahr as a (nikah) free gift”) (Quran 4:4)

Mahr is a token commitment of the husband’s responsibility and may be paid in cash, property or movable objects to the bride herself. The amount of Mahr is not legally specified, however, moderation according to the existing social norm is recommended. The Mahr may be paid immediately to the bride at the time of marriage, or deferred to a later date, or a combination of both.

The traditional ceremony of marriage called the Katb Kitab is done within a Mosque (Masjed). A Sheikh usually gives a time honored reading of how wives were honored by the Prophet, ways of showing honor to women and how husbands should be treated by their wives. The Sheikh then asks that the couple recite the words they say and join them together officially as a married couple.

The marriage contract dictates that at least two witnesses attest that all the aspects of the marriage have taken place. After the couple signs the Islamic marriage contract, families usually hold a public wedding party. A wedding is always a happy time for families to celebrate. In General the party includes different drinks and food to family and friends.

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