Muslim Wedding Glossary of Terms
Dirhams: Monetary amount.
Dinar: Unit of currency.
Druze: Islamic sect.
Fatha: Pre-wedding ceremony to bless the fathers of the bride and groom.
Fatihah: First chapter of the Quran.
Hattabin: Representatives of the groom, usually male friends or family.
Henna: Plant dye used to stain the skin of the bride (or groom).
Hotba: Marriage proposal.
Ibadah: Worship of Allah.
Istikhara: Agreement of wedding contract.
Imam: Religious leader.
Imam Zamin: Silk-wrapped coin that is tied around the bride's arm by her mother after the wedding for good luck.
Meher: Gift or dower given to the bride by the groom after she accepts his proposal of marriage.
Mehndi: Adornment of the bride (or groom) with intricate henna designs.
Mithag: Written agreement between husband and wife.
Mosque: Islamic house of worship.
Muamalah: Civil transactions between people.
Muharram: Sacred month when weddings are forbidden.
Nikah: Celebration of the marriage contract.
Qazi: Officiant in a Muslim wedding ceremony.
Quran: Islamic sacred scriptures. Also spelled Koran.
Rukhsat: Ritual in which the bride's father gives her hand to the groom, asking that he care for her.
Shawwal: Hunting month considered prosperous for weddings.
Shiite: Branch of Islam that regards the prophet Ali and his descendents as the rightful successors of the prophet Mohammed.
Sunni: Branch of Islam that accepts the first four caliphs as the rightful successors of the prophet Mohammed.
Wali: Representative of the bride.
Walima: Wedding reception held for friends and family after the marriage's consummation.
Zagharit: Joyous, vibrating call sounded by women.
Zawaj: Term used in the Quran for pair or mate.
Zenana: Separate women's section.