Muslim wedding rituals and ceremonies haven’t been changed for many ages already. According to the Holy Writings of the Muslims Koran all the people have the right to have either a wife or a husband and extend their families.
The last night before the wedding is called “The Night of Henna”. The friends and relatives of the groom gather in his house and have fun all night long. Hey cover the palms of the groom with geometric henna patterns and everyone congratulated the future head of the family.
The bride also meets with her female friends and sisters at her place. Her feet and hands are also being decorated with sophisticated geometric or floral henna patterns by her friends. In some regions it is allowed for a groom to visit his bride during that night for a while.
The religious ceremony of wedding in Muslim countries doesn’t depend upon the official one. It may be carried out outside the social institutions which register civil marriages. It the most cases this traditional ritual is being carried out long before the official ceremony takes place. Sometimes the young couple gets married according to the spiritual laws and receives the official marriage certificate only half a year later. The religious ceremony of Muslim wedding is called “nikyah”. It is a religious traditional ritual of uniting the two young people and blessing them for a happy marriage. Generally it is similar to the Christian ceremony of wedding. Nikyah is typical of all the Islam countries. According to the ancient tradition all the Muslims who want to get married are to take part in this ceremony, as the official civil marriage registration doesn’t have the same meaning.
The four main conditions for the marriage are the following ones. The first and the main thing is the agreement of both fiance and fiancee to get married. The second thing without which the ceremony would be considered to be an invalid one is the presence of the male relatives of the bride. They may be her brothers, uncles or father. It is also important that the both future spouses should be Muslims. The fourth condition is that a groom should make a present for his bride called “mahr”. That may be any valuable objects such as a car, real estate of jewelry. A good “mahr” is supposed to be a sign of the groom’s serious intentions.
All the ceremonial procedures imply the absence of alcoholic beverages as they are prohibited by Islam.