Islamic Marriage

In Islam, marriage is a social and legal relationship intended to strengthen and extend family relationships. Islamic marriage begins with a search for an appropriate partner, and is solemnized with an agreement of marriage, the contract, and the wedding party.

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Muslim Wedding
A Uyghur couple dance at their wedding in Kashgar, China. Kevin Frayer/Getty Images

When searching for a spouse, Muslims often involve an extended network of friends and family.

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Muslims take very seriously the decision of whom to marry. When it's time for a final decision, Muslims seek guidance from Allah and advice from other knowledgable people.

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Marriage Contract (Nikah)

In Islam, marriage is considered both a social agreement and a legal contract. Negotiating and signing the contract is a requirement of marriage under Islamic law, and certain conditions must be upheld in order for it to be binding and recognized.

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Wedding Party (Walimah)

The public celebration of a marriage usually involves a wedding party (walimah). The family of the groom is responsible for inviting the community to a celebration meal. The details of how this party is structured, and the traditions involved, vary from culture to culture.

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Married Life

After all the parties are over, the new couple settles into life as husband and wife. In Islam, the marriage relationship is characterized by safety, comfort, love, and mutual rights and responsibilities.

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When Things Go Wrong

After all the prayers, planning, and festivities, sometimes the life of a married couple doesn't turn out the way it should. Islam is a practical faith, and offers avenues for those who find difficulty in their marriage.

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Glossary of Islamic Marriage Terms