How to Perform Nikah
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Updated: February 19, 2020
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To perform the nikah as a part of a traditional Islamic marriage, start by obtaining an official marriage license from your local government. Then, find a mosque to hold the ceremony, an imam to perform it, and at least 2 adult Muslims to serve as witnesses. If you want to be especially traditional, ensure the bride has a guardian present, as well. Next, you’ll need to agree on a mahr, which the groom will gift the bride as a symbol of his commitment. Although a mahr is traditionally a sum of money, the groom could show his commitment in other ways, like reciting the bride’s favorite Quran verses. Once the imam gives the marriage sermon, sign the nikah contract in front of your witnesses to make your union official. For more tips, including how to hold a walima or marriage banquet, read on!