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Bride leaving the house with the mus’haf above her head

Fatwaa ID: 1821

السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته

Respected Mufti Saab(s)

Traditionally when a girl gets married and leaves the family house, a Quran musaf is placed over her head as she leave. Is there any basis for this in Islam. If not, should one refuse to hold the Quran over her head if asked by elders?

جزاكم الله خيرا

In the Name of Allaah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
As-salaamu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullaahi wa-barakaatuh.

The above practice is baseless. It must be avoided. If the elders ask, then too one should refuse doing this. Many deem this necessary or important. That is a bid’ah. The barakah and khayr lie in following the sunnah. Anything beyond that is void of this.

Furthermore, this often becomes a mockery of the Qur’aan. People, including the bride, are dressed inappropriately and immorally and then the Qur’aan is placed above her. It may even have a negative effect on the person in such cases. Whether or not this setting is found, the above practice should be avoided in all cases.

Aside from this practice, one must also avoid all other baseless practices, traditions and customs found in nikaahs and weddings.

And Allaah Ta’aala knows best.
Mufti Muajul I. Chowdhury
Darul Iftaa New York

03/20/1445 AH – 10/06/2023 CE | AMG3-4182

وصل اللهم وسلم وبارك على سيدنا محمد وعلى ءاله وصحبه أجمعين


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