Muslim Marriages: An Insight

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The Muslim marriages are the lavish affairs where the families of both bride and groom celebrate the occasion with complete enthusiasm and joy. Different functions are scheduled for different days and the lavish arrangements are made for guests and the family members. The Muslim families are quite conservative and believe in weddings within same sub-caste and community. A wedding brings two souls together for the lifetime and also united two families. As seen in almost all cultures in India, the families follow the legacy of their parents and ancestors.

The impact of television has led the Muslim families to conduct weddings with pomp and show, whereas some families still believe in simplicity, as the Muslim marriages are traditionally celebrated in a very simple manner. However, the feast organized for the guests is compulsory which include lip smacking delicacies, especially non vegetarian delights like Kebabs, chicken starters and main course, biryani and different types of desserts.

A typical Muslim matrimonial lasts for a week and the festivities involve a number of traditional rituals and cultural activities. The main component of an Islamic wedding is the Nikaah ceremony, which means a contract will be signed between the bride and groom in the presence of witnesses and the priest. The bride and groom are asked for their consent for the marriage, and after they confirm it for the three times by saying Kabool hai, the wedding is believed to be solemnized. The groom and his family has to agree over an amount known as Mehr, which is to be paid to the bride in case of the dissolution of the marriage, so that she can lead her life easily thereafter during the tough economic conditions.

The bride and groom need to understand the delicate bond of the matrimonial, and to accomplish this, the parents educate their children to know about the problems and complications faced during the married life. The couple is also made to realize the delicacy of the bond and the need of love, understanding, support, trust and care from both. It is also very important to maintain the truth and maturity in the relationships for the success of the alliance.

The sense of responsibility comes with the passage of time, still the couple, especially the bride is taught with the lessons of adaptability, responsibility and resilience so that she can adjust in the new environment which is new and different for her. Talking lessons from the elders help to cope up with the changing environment and also preparing themselves for the easy future life. After the wedding, the expectations from each other definitely change, hence to justify the complicated situations after marriage, it is very important to understand and respect each other in the Muslim matrimonial. The institution of marriage in India is very pious and the in the Muslim community, the decision of weddings is not an individual decision, but is taken by the entire family for the welfare of the couple and the society.
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