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Indian Muslim Wedding and Matrimony Services

Posted on June 27, 2018

ISLAM means "submission to the God". Islam is the world’s second largest religion with over one billion followers, approximately one-fifth of humanity. Islam is spread across the whole world. It stretches across the United States to the Middle East to South Asia. Around the world, all Muslim men and women are guided by Islamic laws and practices specified in the Quran.

Marriage in Islam is viewed as a religious contract between the couple and Allah. Islamic marriage customs and traditions vary depending on one’s country, government regulations, religious culture, Islamic sect, and strictly, observance of gender separation rules. Most of the marriages are not held in mosques. Men and women remain separate during the ceremony and reception. There is no obligation of an official clergy, any Muslim who totally understands Islamic traditions can officiate a wedding. If the wedding is in a mosque, Qazi or Madhun (marriage officers) can oversee the marriage.

The one and only requirement for Nikaah is the signing of a marriage contract in which the groom or his representative proposes to the bride. This happens in front of at least two witnesses, stating the details of the Meher which is a formal statement specifying the monetary amount the groom will give the bride. Meher is a token of the bride's security and also it guarantees her freedom within the marriage. The bride and groom represent the free will of their marriage by repeating the word Qabul Hai ("I accept" in Arabic) three times.

India is a land where there many different languages and cultures. It is also the richest country in terms of cultural diversity. A wedding is just an auspicious occasion when two persons are united for a lifelong bond. But when it comes to India, two entire families of the bride and groom are united.

It is a common saying in India that “couples are made in heaven.” India is culturally very diverse and there is a great versatility in the types of weddings.

Wedding rituals vary greatly between cultures, ethnic groups, religions and social classes. Ex. Hindus get married through Vivaah. Sikhs get married through Anand Karaj. Muslims get married through Nikaah and the list continues.

Apart from being culturally so diverse, there are few elements that are common in most of the Indian Weddings. These are Mehendi, Haldi, Baraat , Reception party and Bidai.

Moving on to the country’s Pop culture, India has the largest movie industry in the world which also influences everyday lives of the people.

This industry is called Bollywood . It makes almost 1,000 movies a year, about twice as many as Hollywood. Bollywood also has a great impact on Indian weddings. This is the main reason why Indian Weddings are now transformed into mega-budget projects. It is not just a one day ceremony but an entire weeklong celebration.

Nowadays, Indian Weddings are not just social auspicious occasions but grand celebrations so people have started implementing the ideas of Destination and Theme-based weddings.