Styles Architecture of ancient Yemen Nabataean architecture Umayyad architecture Abbasid architecture Fatimid architecture Moorish architecture Mamluk architecture Features
Arabic prosody Language Old Classical Modern Prose The contract called Aqd Nikah Aqd Qiran Aqd Katb el-Kitab is the focus of the official ceremony It starts with a sheikh or imam giving a short speech about how the Prophet honored his wives how to honor women and how women should treat their husbands and honor them Then the imam tells the groom to heed the speech that was just given and the father (or eldest male of the bride's family) accepts the proposal The ceremony resembles the reading of the Fatiha but this when the legal documents are filled out and then filed Two witnesses usually the eldest men in each family sign their names to the contract and the couple is now officially married. The men will also have a party in which the groom's family and friends will dance to traditional Palestinian music In some village customs the groom's face is shaven by a close family member or friend in preparation for his wedding The tradition of giving the bride her gold is also still used The groom will enter where the bride is they well both get their done and the groom will then offer the bride her mahr Thus the wedding being merely dancing and celebration An important element of the night in both traditional and non-traditional parties is the dress adorned by the Palestinian women and the groom The women dress in traditional (usually hand embroidered) gowns known as Palestinian ithyab The brides thobe would be extravagant and exquistely embroidered The groom will wear the usual traditional Arab men's thobe and hata (head covering). After the guests have eaten many of the guests particularly those who are not close family or friends of the couple will leave after congratulating the couple In some weddings there may be more entertainment including a DJ dancing and sometimes a singer or a band which continue until very late in the night The bride and groom then usually receive a complimentary stay of a night or two at the hotel where the wedding. In modern times particularly those not living in Palestine the night remains traditional in customs but is very similar to a bachelorette party; the bride's female friends and relatives join her in celebrating which includes food drinks and a lot of dancing A women's group plays Arabic music sometimes ic music while everyone dances A woman draws or mehndi a temporary form of skin decoration using on the bride and guests' skin — usually the palms and feet where the color will be darkest because the skin contains higher levels of keratin there which binds temporarily to lawsone the colorant of In Egypt and Parts of Palestine and Jordan the bride's family hosts a reception in their home where the groom formally asks for the bride's hand in from her father or the eldest man in the family After the father agrees the families read the Fatiha (the first sura in the Quran) and serve sharbat a sweet cordial prepared from flowers or fruit (usually in Egypt) or Arabic coffee (usually in the Levant). Genres Arabic pop Arabic hip hop Arabic rock Arabic jazz Classical Arab music Opera Al Jeel Khaliji Raï. The first meeting usually takes place between the bride groom and their respective mothers They meet usually in a public place or in the bride's house and get to know each other The bride groom and their chaperones will typically sit separately but within sight of each other in order to get to know each other Nowadays the man might suggest to his family who he would like them to consider and it may be that the man and the woman already know each other It is also nowadays common in urban families for a bride and the groom to agree to marry before the groom approaches the bride's family for their permission. Headwear Keffiyeh Agal Taqiyah Tarboush (fez) Turban Litham Tantour Battoulah Madhalla Haik Clothing Arabic weddings (Arabic: زفاف فرح or عرس) have changed greatly in the past 100 years Original traditional Arabic weddings are supposed to be very similar to modern-day Bedouin weddings and rural weddings and they are in some cases unique from one region to another even within the same country it must be mentioned that what some people today call "Bedouin" wedding is in fact the original true traditional Arab ic wedding without foreign influence. This event usually occurs one or two days before the wedding day It is a small gathering of close male relatives on both sides of the bride and groom usually in the home of the bride's family In this exchange the men on the groom's side make sure that the bride's family is satisfied with the party Male family members on the groom side also make sure to resolve any last minute issues before the wedding After all the eldest man on the side of the groom congratulates all the male relatives on. In Old Palestine the night was a night used to prepare all the necessary wedding decorations and last minute arrangements It was also a chance for the families to celebrate together before the wedding The groom's family would sahij or dance through the streets of the village until reaching the house of the bride Once there the family would mix together which would then be used to decorate the bride and grooms hands (with the groom's being merely the initials of his bride and himself) and then offer the bride her mahr (usually gold as it does not decline in value like other wealth) The families would then dance and sing traditional Palestinian music. Traditionally the process of investigation takes into consideration the girls' physical beauty her behavior her cleanliness her education and finally her qualities as a housewife. In carrying out this traditional investigation parents also take the behaviour of the prospective bride's family into account. Given the diversity of Arab people most are Muslim and some Christian and other faiths The most common events that are held in the Muslim include variations of the following: proposal engagement nikah registration reception walima and honeymoon The only ic requirement is to hold the nikah and walima Other events are cultural additions and registration is usually a legal requirement. Engagements (Arabic: خطوبة) 'khetbah' in Saudi as well as in earlier Arabic and ic jurisprudence fiqh However it is called خطوبة 'khutubah' in Egypt and the Levant) in the Arab world are usually much like a simpler wedding party or a dinner for the families the bride wears any dress she pleases and there is no zaffah procession Usually the bride and groom dress in matching colors They exchange rings putting the rings on each other's right-hand ring finger they are very common :
In a strict Muslim families men may not dance with women or even watch women in unmodest dresses So only the female guests and children enter the hall together with the wedding couple Also photographers and other personnel must be women the DJ if male has to operate behind a closed door Men wait outside in a separate room or garden In Palestine only a piece of cake and non-alcoholic beverages are offered to both groups but no meal At the end of the party women cover their shoulders and male family members may enter the hall Family by family visit the couple to offer congratulations and money presents At the end they may dance together. The process usually starts with meetings between the couple's families and ends with the wedding's consummation (leilat al-dokhla) For a wedding to be considered ic the bride and groom must both consent and the groom is welcomed into the bride's house—although only in the presence of her parents to maintain purity between. [[ CTED_MODE_TEXT_LINE_1]] [[ CTED_MODE_TEXT_LINE_2]]
In some areas (e g Palestine) also the male friends and relatives celebrate an evening party (sahra in Arabic سهرة) in the garden or on the street in front of the groom's house Music and dance groups perform and the men dance with the groom Women are not allowed and may view the program via video projection inside the house or the closed off garden In strict ic families this is the only way to allow males from outside the family to attend the wedding. Ic Quran Tafsir Hadith Sīra Fiqh Aqidah Poetry Anthologies Poets Genres Tulba (Arabic: طولبة) is basically a formal request of hand The event is more private limited to the relatives of the bride and groom This occurs after both families have agreed to the couple's decision to jail In "Tulpa" the groom along with his family members asks the bride with her family for her part to her hand in Families then formally recognize that the couple will be married. Styles Art of ancient Yemen Nabataean art Umayyad art Abbasid art Moorish art Fatimid art Mamluk. Weddings usually include a zaffa a procession that loudly announces the couple's wedding The zaffa differs from region to region In Egypt for example the Dumiyati zaffa is popular in the north In the Levant the traditional dabkeh is popular Other versions of the zaffa can be found in North Africa and the Arabian peninsula as well as the khaliji; the zaffa even reached Malaysia with the first Arab traders called the Zapin. Next comes the cutting of the cake As is done elsewhere in the world the bride and groom cut the cake which is several layers high The bride then tosses her bouquet behind her back to other hopeful women By tradition whomever catches the bouquet is seen as lucky because she is foretold to be the next to marry Next the couple opens the buffet for the guests which is usually a wide variety of salads meats stews sweets fruits and other Arab cuisine dishes Food is considered one of the factors that reflect the wealth of the families of the bride. The large minority of Arab Christians who mainly live in the Levant region and in Egypt belong mainly to Catholic and Orthodox Christian Churches and they use ancient symbolic rituals in. In the Levant this event is usually held in the house of the either the bride or the groom's family or sometimes in the wedding hall itself in a mosque or in court if the couple decide to. After the zaffa / zefaf the bride and the groom (this is mostly in Egypt) sit on a dais or kosha (كوشة) which usually consists of two comfortable seats in front of the guests from which the bride and groom reign as though king and queen As soon as the bride and groom are seated in the kosha a sharbat drink is passed to the guests and all drink to their health. Arranged s still happen in the Arab world The traditions of conservative Arab society and forbid couples to have sex or socialize before (however forced s are against ic teachings) Therefore when it is time for a young man to get married his family will look around to identify a number of potential brides.