The impact of Islam on Indian weddings has been widespread nowadays and the wedding rituals are strictly followed. On the day of Muslim wedding or Nikkah, the groom will arrive with his baraati. A band of musicians play some conventional notes to bring a festive mood to the air. The bride's brother shares a drink of sherbet with the groom as a token of brotherhood and friendship. The bride's sisters play some pranks and slap the guests playfully with batons made of flowers to check the reception of bride in the groom's family.
Maulavi or the Muslim priest conducts the marriage ceremony with selected verses from Quran. 'Walis' is the father of the bride and of the bridegroom and they will conduct the Ijab-e-Qubul or proposal and acceptance. The boy's side will propose and the girl's side for the marriage and will convey her acquiesce. The families will decide Meher on the day of wedding. Meher is the compulsory amount of money given by the groom's family to the bride.
Prayers and blessings accompany the wedding. The bridegroom, the bride or the Walis, and the Maulvi will sign Nikaahnaama that is a document in which the marriage contract is made. This document gives the right for the groom and bride to divorce each other. The newly-weds arranges for a lavish dinner. Their heads are covered by a dupatta, they read prayers under the direction of the Maulvi The Quran is placed between the couple, and they see each only through mirrors. At the groom's house, the groom's mother holds the Quran above the head of her new daughter-in-law as she enters her new home for the first time. The groom's family will conduct Valimah or the prolific reception to bring together the two families and their well-wishers. The Islamic weddings in India are one of the most notable rituals followed by the Islamic sects of the nation and their impact is felt strongly.
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