Muslim Groom Here Are All The Rules Your Friends Should Know About

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Indian weddings celebrate the love between the couple and honor the age-long customs and traditions followed by the families. While every community/religion in India is known for its  rich values, the Muslim community is  known for some diverse cultural values followed quite religiously in their weddings. And dear Muslim groom, if you are getting hitched soon, here are some rules your friends should know. 

Also, if your friends have never attended a Muslim wedding before,  as a Muslim boy for marriage, it is your responsibility to help them understand the basics of Muslim ceremonies. It will also help them know what's expected out of them. We have created a perfect guide for you and your friends, so read on for more. 

Everything You Must Know Before Attending Your First Muslim Wedding 

Dresscode: Modest dressing is a must in Muslim weddings, especially at the mosque and reception. Men are generally required to wear long pants and Kurtas/pathanis, along with a Taqiyah (Muslim Cap), whereas women   wear long dresses and cover their heads with scarves. People, irrespective of their gender, should avoid showing bare arms at the ceremonies. When it comes to the reception, the dress code is more or less the same except women don't have to cover their heads. Dressing appropriately is always necessary for Muslim weddings. Whether you are a Muslim or not, follow the dress code so that you don't disregard anyone or disrespect people's feelings.

Footwear is not allowed inside the mosque: As a Muslim groom, you will be preoccupied with other things, so it's better to share all the details with your friends  attending the wedding. Footwear inside the mosques is a big NO. There will be a shoe rack outside the mosque, where guests and family members can put on their shoes before entering the mosque. It is so because people pray to Allah on the carpet, and it's inappropriate to carry the dirt inside. Not only in mosques but even in Temples and other religious places, footwear is meant to be left outside. 

Men and women sit separately during the wedding:Males and females sit separately in Muslim weddings. . There's a separate room for men and women to celebrate the wedding ceremony; if not rooms, a partition is placed at the reception venue, or men and women are allotted different tables. This ritual is followed by the Muslim groom and bride when the priest reads the verses from the Quran during their marriage. 

Muslim weddings are simple & short: Nikah (Muslim marriage) lasts for a shorter time. The ceremony takes place in three parts - Mehr, Nikah-Namah, and Savaqah. Mehr takes first where the Muslim groom and his family gift many presents to the bride. In fact, in some ceremonies, the engagement ring worn by the groom to the bride is also considered a part of the Mehr. During Mehr, a Muslim boy for marriage and his bride cannot see each other. After the ceremony, the couple gives their consent for the marriage by saying ‘Qubool Hai’ thrice when asked by the Imam (holy priest.) And once Quboul hai is said thrice by the Muslim groom and bride, family members hug and congratulate each other. 

Nikah-Namah: It's a Muslim marriage contract that the Muslim boy and bride sign in front of their guests. The contract is read aloud in Arabic in front of the guest and is signed by the couple in the presence of everyone. This ceremony makes the wedding official. 

Savaqah: As a Muslim groom, this ceremony is not much fun for you like it is for the bride. This is the ceremony in a Muslim wedding, and here the bride is showered with coins to celebrate her happiness. Both the families shower rose petals and coins on the bride while she beams with joy. 

Mingling between genders is considered inappropriate: If you are going to attend a Muslim wedding for the first time,  make sure to understand the boundaries and respect them. If you are from the Muslim groom's side, ensure that you dance with your friends and avoid physical contact with a Muslim person of the opposite gender without their consent. Such acts are frowned upon, and it's best if you avoid them by all means. If someone from the other gender is okay and comfortable with you talking and dancing with them, then it's fine, or else just enjoy with your gang. 

Muslim Weddings are a blend of many cultures: As per the research, nearly 25 percent of the world's population follow Islam. So when you think about Muslim weddings, they are not restricted to India and other Arabic countries. Muslims are widespread in other countries as well, so you may get invited to South Asian American Muslim weddings or Nigerian Muslim weddings, where the core will be Islam, but the rituals will slightly differ. And it’s always fun to attend such diverse weddings, since you learn a lot out of them. 

Muslim weddings have distinct customs, lavish food spread, and picturesque decor that makes them a must-attend. And it's always good to have some knowledge about the culture and traditions before attending the wedding. It not only lets you enjoy the wedding but also avoids all the drama and controversy.

On that note, if you think we have missed out on some detail, do mention them in the comments below. And if you are a Muslim boy going to getting hitched soon, do share this with your friends.

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