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2 Islam is a religion that is 1,400 years old and founded by Muhammad in the 600 A.D Muhammad's teachings compiled and created a sacred text for Muslims, called the Quran. Islam is one of the largest religion in the world at present Muslims always give priority to their rituals in every occasions of their life At least once in his or her lifetime, each Muslim is expected to undertake a pilgrimage to Mecca, the sacred city of Islam,This is most important ritual in their life

3 Diversity Of Islam Among The World The world s 1.6 billion Muslims are united in their belief in God and the Prophet Muhammad and are bound together by such religious practices as fasting during the holy month of Ramadan and almsgiving to assist people in need. Diversity Of Religions Around The World Christianity Islam Hinduism Seculars other

4 Wedding Rituals Muslim weddings vary enormously according to the culture of the people involved. From the United States to the Middle East to South Asia, Islam stretches across a diverse terrain of politics and culture with followers and practices as varied as the countries from which they hail. Marriage in Islam is viewed as a religious obligation, a contract between the couple and Allah.

5 Rituals Wedding Practices Legal Requirements Meher Nikah Dress Codes & Feast Vows And Blessings Wedding Decorations

6 Wedding Practices The only requirement for Muslim weddings is the signing of a marriage contract. Marriage traditions differ depending on culture and observance of gender separation rules. Most marriages are not held in mosques, and men and women remain separate during the ceremony and reception. Since Islam sanctions no official clergy any Muslim who understands Islamic tradition can officiate a wedding. If you are having your wedding in a mosque, many have marriage officers who can oversee the marriage.

7 Legal Requirements Primary Requirements of An Islamic Wedding 1.Mutual agreement by the bride and the groom 2. A Legal Guardian 3.Meher(marriage-gift) to be paid by the groom to the bride immediately or deferred or combination of both It is important that the persons getting married should do their utmost to make the partner happy and satisfied in every respect. Muslims will keep the rules, and may only have one partner in the whole of their lives. In some Muslim communities divorce is common and frequent, but in others it is strongly disapproved.

8 Meher A Muslim husband has to agree a financial deal with the prospective wife before marriage. This money present is known as the Meher Many Muslim women generously use their money to support their families in some way. The deferred amount can be a small amount or an actual gift of money, land, jewelry, or even an education The meher is considered the bride's security and guarantee of freedom within the marriage. the marriage expenses are recommended to be borne by the bridegroom. However, the bride can bring whatever she wants of her free will, and it will always belong to her.

9 Nikah The marriage contract is signed in a Nikah ceremony, in which the groom or his representative proposes to the bride in front of at least two witnesses, stating the details of the Meher The bride and groom demonstrate their free will by repeating the word Qabul ("I accept" in Arabic) three times. Then the couple and two male witnesses sign the contract, making the marriage legal according to civil and religious law. There are certain things which are basic to all Muslim marriages. Marriages have to be declared publicly. The publicity is usually achieved by having a large feast

10 Dress Codes & Feast Many wedding customs are a matter of culture and not of Islam. The majority of brides favour a traditional white wedding dress, but brides from the Asian subcontinent often favour a shalwar outfit in scarlet with gold thread, and have their hands and feet patterned with henna. They might also have vast feasts with hundreds of guests, usually with the males in a separate room from the females. Other Muslims have simple celebratory parties with only close friends and relatives. The relatives, neighbors, and friends are invited in order to make them aware of the marriage. Both rich and poor of the family and community are invited to the marriage feasts.

11 Vows And Blessings The officiant may add an additional religious ceremony following the nikah, which usually includes a recitation of the the first chapter of the Quran Most Muslim couples do not recite vows; rather they listen as their officiant speaks about the meaning of marriage and their responsibilities to each other and to Allah. However some Muslim brides and grooms do say vows, such as this common recitation below ; Bride: "I offer you myself in marriage in accordance with the instructions of the Holy Quran and the Holy Prophet, peace and blessing be upon him. I pledge, in honesty and with sincerity, to be for you an obedient and faithful wife." Groom: "I pledge, in honesty and sincerity, to be for you a faithful and helpful husband."

12 Wedding Decorations A Muslim Wedding Can Take Place in Home or Hotels There is a lot to consider when setting a stage for any kind of bridal event. Such as the backdrop, the seating arrangements for the bridal couple, the family and the overall decorations

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