In recognition of Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month in May, Perfect Muslim Wedding celebrates by sharing seven popular island honeymoon destinations in the Pacific. We wanted to follow our previous popular posts Top 10 Muslim Wedding Honeymoon Destinations and Top 13 Adventurous Muslim Wedding Honeymoon Destinations with new destinations for you.
In Asian-Pacific and Muslim cultures marriage is an alliance between families and is a community event. With all the diversity it’s hard to encapsulate all the various elements that make up wedding ceremonies.
From gifts exchanged to the wedding procession to “Thai the knot” (pun intended) there are many beautiful ways a marriage is celebrated. Although there are many Western influences, traditional Asian-Pacific culture is based on, “marry first, love will follow.” Where love is expressed less through words and more through actions. In rural areas arranged marriages are still popular. Each culture shows artistic expression through décor, wedding dresses, food and all the accompanying rituals.
Below are the top seven picks by Perfect Muslim Wedding for romantic honeymoon island destinations in the Pacific. We selected places that have some aspect of Muslim culture whether it be population, faith or other. As with any adventure you want to read and talk to people who can advise you of the do’s and don’ts.
In a great honeymoon you not only get to explore new places, but more importantly you have a chance to explore your relationship. Although most couples choose to go to the honeymoon immediately after the wedding, you can choose to delay it for a later more convenient or budget-friendly time. Because of course, there is budget and amount of vacation time to consider.
1. Bali, Indonesia
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Indonesia is the most populated Muslim country in the world. It is also an archipelago of over 18,000 islands and with many wonderful destinations to pick. Maybe we will do a deeper dive into them in a separate post, but for now we just picked one of the most popular, Bali.
2. Penang, Malaysia
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Although Kuala Lumpur is the capital destination, Penang with its beautiful beaches and diversity in halal food is a wonderful place to explore.
3. Suva, Fiji
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Smack in the middle of the Pacific Ocean between Australia on the West and the Americas on the East lie the Fiji islands. With 7% of the population being Muslim this is another paradise.
4. Auckland, New Zealand
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Located on the North Island Auckland has the largest Muslim population in New Zealand. This is a wonderful starting point for your honeymoon, but don’t forget the larger more scenic South Island also.
5. Phi Phi Islands, Thailand
Although Bangkok and Phuket are major tourist magnets, Phi Phi is a heaven-on-earth destination. A beautiful archipelago in the Krabi Province not too far from Phuket, it offers turquoise water and great resorts. It has a strong Muslim heritage with a mosque and over 80 percent Muslim population.
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6. Honolulu, Hawaii
There is nothing novel in selecting Hawaii as a destination for a Muslim Honeymoon. However, Honolulu has a important Islamic presence from mosques to the Shangri La which is a center for Islamic arts and cultures founded by the Doris Duke Foundation.
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7. Mali, Maldives.
From the Nika Island Resort where you effectively have private beaches to the Mirihi Island Resort, the Maldives offers a “heaven on earth” experience in a Muslim majority country.
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We have done a couple of similar posts before on Muslim Wedding Definition and Glossary and A Little Wedding Fun With Acronyms. As our wedding vocabulary grows we wanted to add to this list. Enjoy and if you have any acronyms or lingo you would like to add, we would love to hear from you.
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- AAM: An Arranged Marriage
- AH: Alhamdulillah
- AHAKAS: A Hug, A Kiss, A Shoulder.
- AHR: At Home Reception
- BB: Bridal Bouquet
- BED: Biggest Edifying Discovery
- BELLE: Beautifully Elegant, Lovable-Looking Entity
- BMW: Big Money Waster or Bring My Wallet
- BP: Bridal Party
- BP: Bridal Party or Bridal Procession
- BRA: Bosom Regulating Accessory
- BS: Bridal Shower
- BSGTR: Bride Still Getting Ready
- BTBYCB: Be The Best You Can Be
- BTW2: By The Way Too
- CATS: Cuddle And Touch Softly
- CHINA: Come Home I Need Affection
- CP: Centerpiece
- CSS: Cake Stand and Servers
- DF: Dear Fiancé
- DFTBA: Don’t Forget To Be Awesome
- DH: Dear Hubby
- DIARY: Darling I Always Remember You
- DIET: Do I Eat Today?
- DOC: Day-Of Coordinator
- DOWRY: Downright Obnoxious Way Romeos YoYo
- DSLB: Doesn’t She Look Beautiful
- DT: Desi Time
- DW: Destination Wedding
- EP: Engagement Party
- ER: Engagement Ring
- FA: Fi Amanullah
- FAMILY: Father And Mother Interacting Lovingly Year-long
- FAMILY: Father And Mother Interacting Lovingly Year-long
- FAMILY: Father And Mother, I Love You
- FATHER: Faithful And Trustworthy, Honoring Every Responsibilities
- FUTAB: Feet Up Take A Break
- FWIW: For What It’s Worth
- GTG: Get Together
- HCD: He Can’t Dance
- HEA: Happily Ever After
- HENNA: Her Extremely Nice Neoclassic Adventure
- HI: Honeymoon Ideas
- HIM= He Is Mine!
- HM: Honeymoon
- HOLLAND: Hope Our Love Lasts And Never Dies
- HOPE: Have Only Positive Expectations
- HOPE: Hold On Pain Ends
- HOPE: Honeymoon Over Practical Entrance
- HTH: Hope That Helps
- HTML: Hard To Make Love
- HUSBAND ……Heartthrob Usefully Serving Bond And Never Deserting
- HUSBAND: Handsome Useful Smart But At Night Dangerous
- HUSBAND: Heartthrob Usefully Serving Bariyani And Never Deserting
- I22KATW: It’s 22 Karats All The Way
- IANAS: I Am Not A Shaikh
- IB: Inspiration Board
- IGDAD: I’m Gonna Dance And Dance
- IHO: In Honor Of
- IIRC: If I Recall Correctly
- IKR: I Know, Right?
- ILs: In-Laws
- IMHO: In My Humble Opinion
- IMNSHO: In My Not So Humble Opinion
- INDIA: I’ll Never Do It Again
- IOW: In Other Words
- IRL: In Real Life
- ISA: InshAllah
- ISLAM = I Sincerely Love All Muslims
- ITA: I Totally Agree
- ITALY I Trust And Love You
- ITKAYMQ: I’m The King And You’re My Queen
- IWMYAD: I Will Marry You Any Day
- IZ: Imam Zamin
- JAK: Jazakullahu Khair
- JC: Juliet Cap
- JFFWLCS: Just for Fun Wedding Lingo Cheat Sheet
- JM: Just Married
- KAMU: Kiss and Make Up
- KIS: Keep It Small/Spontaneous
- KWIM: Know What I Mean?
- LAHO: Listen and Hug Often
- LDIA: Let’s Do It Again
- LDR: Long Distance Relationship
- LIBYA: Love Is Beautiful; You Also
- LIFE: Let It Flow Easily
- MA: Marriage Advice
- MABWY: May Allah Be With You
- MALTA: Most Attractive Locality To Access
- MARIE: Marriage And Romance Intimacy Expert
- MBBS: Married But Beautiful Sight
- MEHNDI: My Everso Happy Night Dancing and Inspiration
- MFEA: Made For Each Other
- MMIH: Match Made in Heaven
- MOAN: Making Others Annoyed at Night
- MOM: Made Of Money
- MOTP: MashAllah One True Pairing
- NAKED: No Attire Keep Eyes Diverted
- NEPAL: Never Ever Part As Lovers
- NGTBA: Never Go To Bed Angry
- NGUOEA: Never Give Up On Each Other
- NRW: Nice Romantic Wedding
- NSD: Never Stop Dating
- NWR: Not Wedding Related
- OASIS: Only Available Source In Sahara
- OK: One Kiss
- OMG: Oh My God
- OOTG: Out-of-town Guests
- PC: Perfect Couple
- PIA: Please Inform Allah
- PMS: Punish Men Severely
- PMW: Perfect Muslim Wedding
- PPH: Please Phone Home
- RLSAN: Real Love Starts After Nikah
- RSVP: Reply and Send Valuable Presents
- RSVP: Répondez s’il vous plaît
- RUKHSTI: Romeo U Know How Scary This Is?
- RWYFIL: Remember Why You Fell In Love
- SB: Stay Beautiful
- SEX: Sacred Energy Exchange
- SHADI: So Happy and Delirious Idealism
- SIMN: Sorry I’m Married Now
- SO: Significant Other
- SO: Significant other
- STD: Save the date
- STD: Save-The-Dates
- SWR: Sorta Wedding Related
- TEMPLE: Telling Everyone Must Pray, Like Everyday!
- THERESA: Treat Her Exclusively, Rarely Existing Splendid Asset
- TIA: Thanks In Advance
- TIME: Thing I Must Learn!
- TPIL: Two People In Love
- TPTB: The Powers That Be
- TTK: Tie the Knot
- TTLW: Those Three little Words
- TTSP: This Too Shall Pass
- TYC: Thank You Cards
- UWF: Unique Wedding Favors
- WAIRS: Wrong Admit It Right Shutup
- WATER: Wonderful And Totally Energizing Refreshment
- WBTB: Who Burnt The Bariyani?
- WD: Wedding Dress
- WIC: Wedding Industrial Complex
- WIFE: Washing, Ironing, Feeding, Etc.
- WIFE: Wise Investment Flowering Eternally
- WIFE: Wonderful Instructor For Everything
- WIFE: Wonder-woman In-charge Family Establishment
- WIFE: Wonder-woman In-charge Family Establishment
- WMM: Where’s My Mahar?
- WOMAN: Watcher Over Man’s Absurd Notions
- WP: Wedding Party
- WP: Wedding Photographer
- WP: Wedding Planner or Wedding Party
- WR: Wedding Ring
- WWUYWD: What to Wear Under Your Wedding Dress
- YBGID: Yes By God I Did
- YCPA: You Can Park Anywhere
- YD: Yes Dear
- YDIP9: Your Dinner is on Page 9
- YH: Ya Habibi
- YJMMD: You Just Made My Day
- ZG: Zagharit
- B2B: Bride To Be
- BIL: Brother In Law
- BM: Best Man
- BM: Bridesmaid
- BMBFE: Be My Best Friend Forever
- FBIL: Future Brother-In-Law
- FBOW: For Better or Worse
- FEAE: For Ever And Ever
- FFIL: Future Father-In-Law
- FI: Fiancé
- FIL: Father-In-Law
- FILs: Future In-Laws
- FMIL: Future Mother-In-Law
- FOB: Father Of Bride
- FOB: Father of the Bride
- FOG: Father Of Groom
- FOG: Father of the Groom
- FSIL: Future Sister-In-Law
- FSIL: Future Sister-in-law
- FW: Future Wife
- Groom To Be
- GP: Grandparents
- H2B – Husband To Be
- MC: Master of Ceremonies
- MFL: My First Love
- MIL: Mother-In-Law
- MOB: Mother of the Bride
- MOG: Mother of the Groom
- MOH: Maid of Honor
- NH: New Husband
- SIL: Sister-in-law
Love is universal yet the hardest feeling to describe. We decided to compile love quotes that will help explain that overwhelming feeling you feel in your heart. Whether you need love quotes to write in a special card for your spouse, or perhaps to write in an invitation for one of the many wedding functions, we got you covered. What are you waiting for? Get scrolling!
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- Come, live in my heart and pay no rent. Arab
- When one is in love, a cliff becomes a meadow. Ethiopia
- You know who you love but you can’t know who loves you. Nigeria
- If love is a sickness, patience is the remedy. Cameroon
- Love is a despot who spares no one. Namibia
- Let your love be like the misty rain, coming softly but flooding the river. Liberia
- Love for something makes a man blind and deaf. Sudan
- If the full moon loves you, why worry about the stars? Tunisia
- A letter from the heart can be read on the face. Kenya
- One who marries for love alone will have bad days but good nights. Egypt
- One who loves the vase, loves also what is inside. Tanzania/Kenya
- Love, like rain, does not choose the grass on which it falls. South Africa
- Don’t be so in love that you can’t tell when it’s raining. Madagascar
- Love is a painkiller. African origin
- “Where there is love there is no darkness.” —Burundian proverb
- “In love beggar and king are equal.” —Indian proverb
- “Love has to be shown by deeds not words.” —Swahili proverb
- “It is love that makes the impossible, possible.” —Indian proverb
- “Love makes a man both blind and deaf.” —Arabian proverb
We know the scene all too well. Beautiful hall and decor, coupled with screaming kids. It just doesn’t work. There are mainly 2 ways of dealing with this. Either state in the invitation that you kindly request no children under a certain age attend, or you can provide babysitting for your guests. Both will work perfectly fine. We will discuss how to word your invitations and how to keep the kids entertained throughout the night.
For the first option, which is probably the route most will go with because it’s just less headache. There are many ways you can politely tell your guests that no children are allowed. Here are a few ways:
- Adult-only Reception.
- We kindly request no children under the age of __.
- Due to limited space, we cannot accommodate children.
- Please no children under the age of __.
Remember to be both straightforward and polite. Most adults will understand, but others may be a bit sensitive if you don’t get the wording right.
As for the second option, depending on how many kids are expected, you can hire 1 or 2 babysitters to watch over. You can bring in a TV, movies, books, games, etc. You might want to discuss this with your venue to make sure it’s allowed. We wouldn’t recommend anything like paint or coloring, to avoid any damage to the venue.
Be sure to let relatives know whether or not they can bring their children. In most cases, you probably want to allow them.
This is your special day, if you don’t want children, you can let your guests know without offending anyone. Good luck and congratulations!
Henna (also known as Hina or Mehndi) has been used as a cosmetic for over 6,000 years in the Arabian Peninsula, the Near East, South Asia, North Africa, and the Horn of Africa. It is coincidentally also the region where there are significant Muslim populations. Henna is a temporary dye that has been used on brides to dye hands, feet and sometimes hair.
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Henna is an art form used to decorate the bride and make her look extra beautiful. A henna party usually takes place a day or more before the wedding. Traditionally it has been an all women’s affair, but lately, in some cultures men are also becoming a part of the celebration. Both the event and the art form is growing in sophistication and innovations.
Although as we mentioned this is a tradition in so many regions, the history behind it was to ward off evil spirits and make sure the new couple get off to a happy start.
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In Middle Eastern culture, the bride may wear a green dress to the henna party. The bride and groom while seated have a white cloth elevated above their heads. A ceremony takes place while asking God to ward off evil spirits. and to ensure the happiness of the new couple.
The henna party could be considered the Arab or South Asian version of a bachelorette party. The bride, her family, friends gather and a henna artist paints exquisite designs on the bride. There is lots of food accompanied with music and dancing.
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The henna artist will usually create simple or complex geometric patterns. Islamic art forbids depiction of any living form including humans and animals, but the intricate designs can still be amazing. Once the henna paste is applied, the bride has to leave it for several hours without it getting disturbed, so the actual stain that develops from this “negative” can become dark. This is a great opportunity for the bride to be pampered by family and friends.
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As we have covered in other posts, Muslim weddings tend to be large multi-day events. Muslims traverse so many nations and cultures, there are specifics in each which are unique. The Henna party is usually preceded by an engagement party, and followed by Katb el-Kitab (The Marriage Contract), the Zaffa (Wedding Entrance) where the bride and groom make a grand entrance accompanied by drummers. “Cutting the Cake” and the honeymoon are more recent cultural additions, but they just go to show that from the henna to the honeymoon, weddings are universal.
In this Women’s History Month, Perfect Muslim Wedding would like to recognize a few of the many distinguished Muslim women of the past and present. These are women of character, courage and commitment who have made or are making differences for the greater good of humanity in education, social-issues, politics, arts, sports, fashion, science and more.
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The Quran says: “O people, we created you from a single pair of a male and a female, and made you into tribes and nations so that you may know each other. Verily, the most honored of you in the sight of Allah is the one who is most righteous of you.” (Quran 49:13)
In honor of Women’s History Month, we want to bring together the rich history of culture and contribution from a faith that has so much to offer not only Muslims but humanity at large. Below is the list of 40 women, feel free to share.
- Ā’ishah bint Abī Bakr, First female scholar who memorized more than 2210 hadith.
- Aida Hadzialic, First and youngest Muslim ever to serve as a minister of education in Sweden.
- Amani Al-Khatahtbeh , Founder of MuslimGirl becomes first Muslim company in Forbes annual 30 Under 30 list.
- Ameena Jandali, Co-founder Islamic Networks Group, dedicated to educating the public about Islam.
- Anousheh Ansari , First American-Muslim woman in space.
- Ayguel Oezkan, Germany’s first Muslim woman minister.
- Baroness Sayeeda Warsi , Youngest member and Muslim of House of Lords in England.
- Benazir Bhutto, First Muslim female head of state, served 1988-1990 and 1993-1996.
- Bilquis Edhi , Co-Founder of Edhi Foundation, largest welfare organization in Pakistan.
- Dalia Mogahed , First Muslim woman in President Obama’s administration.
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- Dian Alyan , Founder Givelight Foundation, building beautiful homes for orphans around the world.
- Suzanne Barakat, Muslim Activist, Doctor, and sister of Chappell Hill, North Carolina Victims.
- Eqbal Asa’d, A Palestinian Muslim woman who at age 20 became youngest doctor in the world.
- Farkhondeh Sadegh and Laleh Keshavarz, First Muslim women to conquer Mount Everest
- Fatima al-Fihri, Founder of the oldest degree-granting university in the world (Morocco, unknown-880 C.E.)
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- Hanan Al Hroub, First Palestinian Global Teacher Prize 2016
- Ibtihaj Muhammad, First Muslim woman to compete for the United States in international competition in her sport.
- Ingrid Mattson, First Woman President of largest American-Islamic Organization Islamic Organization (ISNA).
- Khadijah bint Khuwaylid, First woman to accept Islam.
- Lubna of Córdoba, First Muslim Andalusian intellectual and founder of the famous library of Medina Azahara.
- Malala Yousafzai, Pakistani activist for female education and the youngest-ever Nobel Prize laureate.
- Mariam Sultana, First Pakistani woman to earn a doctorate in astrophysics.
- Mehreen Saeed Faruqi, First Muslim woman to be a member of any Australian parliament.
- Merve Kavakçı, First elected Turkish First Muslim MP with hijab prevented from taking oath, 1999.
- Nadiya Hussain, First Muslim winner , “The Great British Bake Off.”
- Nana Asma’u, Princess, poet and teacher fluent in multiple languages and in 1830 formed the first mobile school educating women in poor and rural areas (Nigeria, 1793-1864).
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- Nusayba bint Ka’b Al-Ansariyah, One of the first advocates for the rights of Muslim women (Arabia, unknown-634 C.E.)
- Nzinga Knight, First Hijabi American-Muslim featured on Project Runway and featured designer at New York Fashion week.
- Rab’ia al-Adawiyya, Rab’ia was an eighth century Sufi saint who set forth the doctrine of “Divine Love,” (Iraq, 717-801 C.E.)
- Rima Fakih, First Muslim to win the Miss USA title, 2010.
- Saarah Hameed Ahmed, India’s first known Muslim commercial pilot.
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- Salma Yaqoob, Co-Founder and First chair of UK’s Respect party.
- Samina Baig, First Pakistani woman to climb Mount Everest.
- Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, First Pakistani to win an Academy Award.
- Shirin Ebadi, Iran’s first female judge and winner of Nobel Peace Prize, 2003
- Sultan Raziyya, First women Sultan of Delhi from 1236 to 1240.
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- Tahrir Hammad, First woman permitted to perform Muslim marriages in the Palestinian territories.
- Tawakkol Karman, Human rights activist and first Yemeni and first Arab woman to win Nobel Peace Prize.
- Wafaa Yaakoub, First hijabi Muslim to win, Miss Arab World 2007.
- Yasmin Mogahed, First American-Muslim Woman Spiritual Teacher and Author.
- Yasmin Ratansi , Canada’s First Muslim Woman MP, 2004.
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