Muslim wedding

 

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Muslim Wedding

Muslim marriage is called Nikhah in local parlance. Muslim marriage is a simple contract between the boy and the

girl’s father. This is the practice followed world over among the Muslims.

First the marriage proposal is mooted through a medium of broker. As in other communities in Kerala, few close

relatives from the boy’s side go to the girl’s house to ascertain the suitability of the girl to the boy. If they are

satisfied, the boy is sent to the girl’s house along with two or three friends to have himself satisfied about the girl. If

he approves the girl, the girl’s family is called upon to visit the boy’s house to ascertain themselves about the family

of the boy. If both families are satisfied with each other, the next step is Valayidal. Valayidal is that a gold bungle (

or more than one up-to a dozen according to the financial status) puts on the hand of the girl by her would-be mother

in law. This is preliminary to the betrothal. Thereafter, a mutually agreed day is fixed for betrothal or say

engagement. In local parlance it is Nikhah Urappikkal. For the betrothal some male members from the side of girl go

to the house of boy. A ceremony of reciting some psalms from holy Koran is followed and thereafter the boy is

presented with some cash or gold.

On the preceding day of the marriage the sisters of the boy accompanied by some closely related ladies go to the

house of the prospective bride to perform the Mailanchi Idal (applying of mehandi or say henna on the girl’s hands

and feet artistically for beautifying her and sing some classical Islamic songs after center-seating the girl among the

ladies. This singing is called Oppana. The songs are humour coated in relation to the wedlock. The Oppana will

prolong for hours. After the mehandi application the girl is debarred from stepping out of her home till the marriage

is over.

When the sisters of the boy and other ladies go to the girl’s house they take with them the Kalyana Saree and other

dresses for would be bride. The quantum of dresses and other items are similar to the practice in Hindu system. The

dresses are presented to the girl by the elder sister of the boy.

On the wedding day the groom and party reach the bride’s house or the place where the function is arranged in

advance of the appointed time. Here elder brother of the boy receives the Puthiappila (groom) with a bouquet and

garland and leads him to a segregated venue enclosed by curtains which is the place for Nikkah. The Nikkah is

performed by a Musaliar (mullah) from the local mosque in the presence of two male witnesses each from the sides

of bride and groom. The same is recorded in a record book called Nikah Pusthakam (book). The groom and two

witnesses sign the record first followed by the bride and two witness from her side and the same is read by the

Musaliar. The bride’s presence is not required in the venue of Nikkah. The Musaliar conducts a simple ceremony

reciting some quotes from Kuran. The groom and the father of the girl are required to take an oath in the presence of

the Musaliar. The oath by the girl’s father solemnly affirms that he gives away his daughter to the prospective

husband in accordance with the Islamic system, whereas the groom solemnly affirms that he has married the girl in

accordance with the Islamic system. The groom is required to give a mehr (dower) to the father of the bride when he

accepts the girl. Thereafter the bride is led to women’s section (in Islamic marriages the function hall is made into

two – one for the women and the other for men in a way they cannot see each other). Here Thalimala is tied around

the neck of bride by the groom assisted by his elder sister. The bride is presented herself wearing Wedding Sari

brought by the groom and the gold ornaments given by her parents as dowry.

 

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