It is clearly in Islamic Law that marriage is a contract between the two persons, husband and wife. The Procedure of Nikah  contract are discussed below:


It is considered in Islam that the proposal is sent by the man for the woman or the parents / guardian will sent with the proposal for the woman. It shows that how much Islam gives respect to the women.


The husband gives the gift to his wife at marriage is considered as Mehr. It can be anything with the mutual understanding of both husband and wife. As Allah says in the Quran about Mehr:

“And give the women (on marriage) their Mehr as a free gift.” [Quran 4:4]

There are following points which are considered for Mehr:

  • Mehr must not be according to parents’ choice but it is according to bride and groom mutual understanding.
  • Mehr is the right of wife and for husband it is obligatory to pay on that time which is fixed by both of them.
  • It is a gift which is given by the husband to the wife.

The Mehr can be anything depends on the man. Mostly it is in the form of money or property. Mehr should be paid before the Nikah or at the time of Nikah. As in Quran:

“And give the women their dowries as a free gift, but if they are pleased to offer you any of it accept it with happiness and with wholesome pleasure.” [Quran 4:4]

The Nikah Marriage Ceremony:

According to Shari’ah in Islam, the future wife says that on the agreed Nikah, I have given away myself in Nikah to you. Straightaway, Future husband says that I have acknowledged the Nikah. With these statements the particular couple becomes the legal husband and wife. It is recommended for Imam to give a short Khutba before the Nikah. In this particular Khutba, Imam should tell about the Allah approvals for the marriage (nikah) and then the rituals from the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) are also told by the Imam. The Quran explained this:

“Among His signs is [the fact] that He has created spouses for you among yourselves so that you may dwell in tranquility with them, and He has planted love and mercy between you; in that are signs for people who reflect.”[Quran 20:30]


Nikah Time Selection:

For the Procedure of Nikah there is no restrictions in fixing the date or time for marriage. but there are some days which are not good because of genuine reason. It is forbidden to marry on the Day of Ashura which is the 9th and 10th of Islamic month Muharram and on the two Eids that are Eid-ul-Fitr and Eid-ul-Adha. But if someone considered that it is a need for them to save the relation, Nikah can be implemented at any time.

Future Bride Father’s Approval:

It is obligatory in Islam that a woman should be agreed for the Nikah without any force. So, same case is for the bride-to-be father’s or grandfather’s or guardian’s approval.   Procedure of Nikah


It is common practice in Islam that groom should perform the Walimah ritual. All the family members, relatives of both bride and groom, neighbors of both and friends are requested to attend the Walimah. However, it is not compulsory to make a huge and expensive arrangement for the Walimah, just do as much as groom affords.  Procedure of Nikah

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