Wedding ceremony and ring
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1) what is the sunnah way to get married (ceremonies etc)
2) is the wedding ring a christian/kafir symbol?
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Wedding ceremony and ring
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Q-1): what is the sunnah way to get married (ceremonies etc)
Allah and His Messenger (saws) have encouraged the believers to marry, and make the process a very simple affair in Islam. The following are considered the obligatory acts or ceremonies in an Islamic marriage:
The Proposal from the groom, and the acceptance from the bride.
The determination of a mehr amount to be given by the groom to the bride.
Two witnesses to the marriage contract.
The consent to the marriage by the parent/guardian of the bride.
And the only ceremony that is absolutely encouraged by Islam is that the groom offer a walima banquet to the people in his community after his marriage.
Apart from the above, there are no ceremonies required for a marriage in Islam. Each region or culture has its own cultural ceremonies which are performed in marriage to celebrate the joyous occasion, and if these regional or cultural ceremonies are not associated with or are not an imitation of a pagan religion or pagan culture, there is absolutely no harm if one performs them; example being the application of henna for the womenfolk, the playing of legal music or daff, singing legal songs, etc., provided each are done within the boundaries of Islam.
Q-2): is the wedding ring a christian/kafir symbol?
Exchanging rings between the bride and the groom at a wedding is definitely not from the Islamic Culture. Thus two things need to be seen to determine if this exchange of rings or any other ceremony would be legal and permissible in Islam:
It cannot be a associated with anything to do with shrik.
It cannot be associated with or be an imitation of a pagan culture.
There is absolutely no doubt that the exchanging of rings is a requirement of a Christian wedding. If the believer wants to present a ring to his bride, there is absolutely no harm; but to give the exchange of rings between the bride and the groom a shape of a ceremony in an Islamic marriage, or to think that without the exchange of rings the marriage ceremony would not be complete is clear manifestation of imitating a pagan ceremony and ritual, and thus would be considered impermissible in Islam.
Sunan of Abu-Dawood Hadith 4020 Narrated by Abdullah ibn Umar
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