Posted on August 22, 2007
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15 responses to “Wedding Ceremonies of Pakistan”

  1. Google says:

    Fantastic site for wedding information and wedding planning too………….

  2. Shy Khan says:

    Hello,

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  3. UmmNadia says:

    I am a muslim woman born and raised in the west married to a Pakistani man. The problem doesn’t lie in arranged marriages or those where partners “barely know each other”. The problem is the criteria that many families use to find mates for their children. When you base a marriage on something so superficial as skin color, career, or family caste then your bound to miss what’s really important. As muslims we are to choose our mates for their deen or risk being a loser; something that many people forget in the midst of looking at all their gifts and trying to impress their neighbors by telling them what a successful doctor their daughter snagged.

    As I mentioned I am from the west, and have lived here all my life. I have seen many couples marriages fail here for many of the same reasons…choosing their mates on superficial reasons. Falling in love (or the illusion of it) before marriage is no guarantee for lasting success. Tina, by your own admission you don’t know very many western couples so I’m not really sure what you’ve based your opinion on wa Allahu alim. I know many happy muslim couples whose marriages were arranged. Success and happiness does not mean the same things to every person. Perhaps there needs to be more thought put into what constitutes happiness for you and whether or not that idea can be realistically achieved in marriage???

  4. Ibrahim says:

    Salamalikum,

    There could be two opinions on mehndi as I see it: if it’s proven that it is a hindu-religion practice, then it is haram–no doubt. But, as far as I understand, if it is a purely cultural (urfi) then there shouldn’t be anything wrong with it as long as nothing unislamic is done because there is NO religious significance to mehndi ceremony. This is so because in Islam the general rule is anything in a culture is allowed as long as it doesn’t oppose the laws and commands of Islam. However, it is good for people to not do israaf and should avoid such celeberations.

    What sister Saleema is describing mehndi as is definitely forbidden because this is an innovation in the religion and something being attached to Rasoolullah’s (saw) sunnah when it’s not the case (mehndi is NOT a sunnah), and making a point of reading Quran or dars for this specific celeberation is a bidat. Allahu Alam

    sister Tina: I think you’ve lived too long outside of a Muslim culture. If the way marriages are carried out in Pakistan (as far as bride and groom not meeting “enough” before marriage—not the wealth/jahaze problem) were a problem, this way would not have been prescribed or sanctioned by Allah–no way!

  5. Tina says:

    Mahmood–

    long term? Yes. There is more acknowledgement of individual feelings, needs, and desires. People are less likely to settle for whatever is dished out to them (some of the posters above think that is a good thing). In the long run I believe they are happier. Their dreams of love don’t die once the honeymoon is over. And knowing that you made your own choice mitigates a lot even when things go wrong. The exercise of free will also makes people work harder.