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Nikah sms and text messages, muslim marriage wishes and blessings
in Hindi, Urdu and English
Nikah is a great bounty from Allah Ta'ala. The affairs of this world and the hereafter are put in order through marriage. There is a lot of wisdom and many benefits in marriage. A person saves himself from sinning and his heart is put at ease. He does not have any evil intentions and his thoughts do not begin to wander and stray. The greatest virtue is that there are only benefits and only rewards in this. This is because a husband and wife's sitting together and engaging in a loving conversation, joking with each other, etc. is better than nafl salat.
Nikah is based on several conditions. When these conditions are fulfilled, then a man and a woman are proclaimed as husband and wife and can live together and carry on their marital duties. These are some of the conditions that must be fulfilled:
- Giving free consent to the marriage personally or through a close relative such as a father (called a wali). A man and woman each say in clear voice three times that they accept (name of the person, including patronymic) as their husband/wife.
- The amount of Haq-e-Mahr (cognate of the biblical mohar) is agreed upon, announced, and paid to the bride on the spot or paid in the near future. Haq-e-Mahr is money given to the bride from the groom as a form of insurance should unfortunate circumstances arise.
- Two adult free Muslim men witness the ceremony.
- The nikah is publicised or advertised widely.
The nikah contract requires the consent of both parties very strictly if they are adults. There is a tradition in some Muslim countries, to pre-arrange a marriage for young children. However, the marriage still requires consent of the concerned man and woman when they reach adulthood when the wedding actually goes ahead. Islam does allow divorce (talaq) so this contract is revocable. Marriage is seen as a necessity in Islam and is seen as helpful in avoiding zina (extramarital sex/adultery) or cruelty. A marriage which is carried out unofficially without informing the public is called nikah urfi.