Ramadan Mubarak! A blessed month is once again upon us. Although weddings in Ramadan are not common there is nothing in Islam that forbids getting married during this time. In fact, you can pretty much get married on any day of the year unless it is forbidden in the mazhab (school) that one follows.
Although the issues are more cultural, the most obvious issue is the fact that one cannot eat or drink from dawn to dusk. Along with that, married couples have to refrain from intercourse during the same hours. For the new couple if they feel they can control themselves and that this will not be an inconvenience, there is nothing wrong with getting married in Ramadan.
In case you could not squeeze in a pre-Ramadan wedding and don’t want to wait for a post-Ramadan wedding, here are ten tips to plan your Ramadan wedding.
It is more difficult now to plan a summer wedding because of the fact Ramadan is now during the summer months. If you find yourself not able to squeeze it in before Ramadan, and don’t want to wait until after, read on for some tips for the perfect Ramadan wedding.
- Have the Nikah just before Iftar.
- It’s a great way to get the wedding to start on time. Nothing is worse than having a hungry guest.
- You may need to accommodate traveling guests as they do not need to fast.
- Have the Nikah at the masjid, it will be blessed and can make the logistics easy.
- Serve dates and water (zam-zam is even better) to break the fast.
- If you want to serve appetizer e.g. pakoras, samosas etc., you can.
- Pray the Maghrib prayer and make sure there are arrangements for women too.
- Clean-up before dinner.
- Have the reception at Iftar and “rukhsati” (farewell of the bride) later.
- It might be a good idea to hold the wedding towards the end of Ramadan, especially for the new couple, then they can go off to their honeymoon.
There you have it. Ramadan is a blessed month. Some people may want to take advantage of it and get married and for others it may seem to be too much of an inconvenience. The choice is all yours.