Muslim Wedding Tradition

Marriage is said to be the union of two people consented to spend their lives together. All marriages, across the world, give importance to this mutual agreement. Muslim marriage is no exception. It rather manifests the importance of the agreement by ritually obtaining the consent of the couple at the time of wedding. Muslim weddings in South Asia follow certain rituals. Following is an overview of the step by step custom of Muslim wedding.

Deciding the marriage:

Like marriage in any other culture or community parents from both sides meet each other to decide on the wedding of a boy and a girl.

Mangni or engagement:

Mangni is nothing but engagement. By exchanging rings the bride and the groom commit themselves to each other.

The anointing or manjha ceremony:

In this ceremony the bride is anointed with the paste of turmeric, sandalwood and chameli. Henna is also applied to her hands and feet. Only unmarried women take part in this ceremony. After this the bride does not go out of her house till wedding.

Groom’s procession:

A procession consisting of friends and relatives accompany the groom from his house to the wedding venue. The procession is mandatory whether the groom comes on a horse or in a car.

Groom’s arrival:

The arrival of the groom is announced by the blowing of trumpets and musical chores. On his arrival the groom and the bride’s brother exchange “sharbat” (a sweetened drink) and money. The sisters of the bride adopt playful ways to treat the groom and his company.

The Wedding Ceremony:

On the day of wedding men and women sit in separate rooms or a curtain will be raised between the two groups. Both the fathers will decide on the “meher”, the amount to be given to the bride by the groom. After the meher is decided the officiating priest will ask the girl whether she is happy with the arrangement and consents to marry the boy. The same question will be asked to the groom also.


The marriage will then be registered in Nikaahnama. The Nikaahnama has to be duly signed by the bride, the bridegroom, the priest and both the fathers for the marriage to be legal. There will be some terms and conditions in the Nikaahnama that should be abided by both the parties.

Blessings to the newly wedded couple:

The newly wedded couple seeks blessings from the elders and offers their salutation to them.

Dinner and the first glance:

A dinner is organized for the guests. In the dinner men and women generally sit separately. After dinner the couple gets time to sit together for the first time. Their heads are covered by a cloth and they say their prayers as instructed by the priest. The Koran is placed between them and they look at each other through a mirror.

Farewell ceremony:

The farewell of the girl is generally performed by the father by giving her hand to the groom and asking him to protect her always. Then everybody bids farewell to them and they leave for the groom’s home.

Returning back:

After four days of the wedding the groom brings his wife back to her home. After that the wedding reception is held and then the two families become one.

3 responses to Muslim Wedding Tradition

  1. what is this can’t you keep a photograph of marriage ,ceremonys.

  2. you should keep photographs

  3. It’s rare to find knowledgeable people using this topic, and you be understood as you know what you’re writing about! Thanks

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