Published On:20 June 2011
Posted by Indian Muslim Observer

‘Sehra’, fire crackers and ‘barat’ are adopted from non-Muslims

By Ather Moin

During Prophet’s (pbuh) era the Nikah ceremony would be celebrated with great simplicity and only two types of ceremonies were mentioned in this connection. One is the Nikah ceremony and the other is Valima ceremony.

Hazrat Uqba bin Amir narrated that Prophet Mohammad (pbuh) said the best Nikah is the one in which less expenditure is incurred. Regarding valima Prophet Mohammad (pbuh) said celebrate Valima, even if it be only one goat. Uswa-e-husna (life style) of Prophet (pbuh) teaches us the lesson that extravaganza and pomp and show should be avoided during these two functions.

During Prophet’s era the Nikah ceremony would be the mutual affair of the two families and there was no custom of inviting relatives or acquaintances. We do not find any instance of serving food on the occasion of Nikah however Prophet (pbuh) insisted on Valima dinner.

In the present era the custom is reversed. On the occasion of Nikah the groom’s family brings chuhare (dry fruits distributed among guests after Nikah) and the burden of dinner is imposed upon bride’s family. When the bride’s family spend thousands rather lakhs of rupees on dinner can’t they arrange for chuhare?

As far as the Ahadees related to beating daff or releasing smoke on the occasion of Nikah is concerned the purpose for that was to publicize the Nikah so that the locals would know that son of so and so has been married to the daughter of so and so. Islam does not permit band, fire crackers, lavish dinner and decoration of function halls. There are instances of Valima after wedding night but that too indicate that the function was arranged in day time.

By abandoning Islamic customs we are wasting our hard earned money on unnecessary rituals and extravagant reception. Islam has no justification for wedding invitation cards, band and orchestra, fire crackers, sehra (the garland veil for groom) and barat.

Wedding invitation can be sent with minimum expenditure but now a days an invitation card ranges between Rs. 2 to 200. Man should not cover his face but our grooms, God knows why, veil their faces by hanging garlands over their faces like Rajputs.

We had no concept of barat. The concept of barat started among non Muslims as a protective squad for bride and her belongings (dowry etc) when they travel from one village to another. Barat used to accompany the bride and groom to protect them from being robbed of their belongings on their way. In imitation of others we also started taking out barat procession and today groom’s friends, young relatives and even elders don’t hesitate to dance to the tune of music.

According to an estimate Hyderabadi Muslims spend nearly 1000 crore annually on various rituals of Nikah. Every year nearly 10000 Nikahs are performed. Hyderabadi Muslims purchase 500 to 600 kilograms of gold and precious stones ornaments annually during Nikah ceremony whose minimum cost is Rs 125 to 200 crore.

Women attending those functions spend nearly 5 core rupees on make-up and beauty parlours.

(Courtesy: The Siasat Daily)

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