Islamic Marriage In Ghana
Islamic Marriage is preferably known as the “Marriage of Mohammedans” under Part of the Act. Section 23 of the Marriages Act. This Act makes the registration of Islamic Marriages mandatory.
Failure to register such marriages makes the union invalid unless registered under the Act.
Many Muslim couples are not validly married. Most of the marriages can more or less be known as cohabitation.
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Unfortunately, their ignorance of the existing laws of the land does not absolve them of any consequences they might face as time goes on. As the saying goes, ignorance of the law is not an excuse.
Islamic marriages are usually held on Sundays. During the marriage ceremony, you see a lot of women gathered at one place doing the cooking.
The men on the other hand, gather at a different location having heart to heart conversations. Where huge public address systems do not hinder the sound of music, there is likelihood that you would identity young men playing traditional drums.
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The local name for Islamic marriage is “Awure”. The marriage is also known as “Walima”. During the ceremony, the bride is beautifully adorned with, henna, preferably called the “lelley” on her skin.
On the day of the marriage, the bride is seen in four different outfits before the ceremony ends.
During the marriage feast, the bride comes out from the room and dances to the rhythm of the music being played as her guests shower money on her.
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The money showered is a sign of good luck on her marriage. At this ceremony, the groom is often not seen. Perhaps, this feast is strictly meant for the bride.
In recent times, most Muslim couples hold white wedding ceremonies followed a wedding at which the groom is present.
On the day of the wedding ceremony, the “Nikkah” is performed. This is mostly done in the morning before the actual wedding ceremony is held in the afternoon.
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During, the “Nikkah”, Islamic scholars meet and pray before the bride and groom are ushered into the main ceremony.