Have you been invited to a Muslim wedding and are scratching your head over what to gift to the bride and groom? Well, keep aside predictables like clothes, jewellery, watches or the most unimaginative of them all, cash. Why not gift them something that is personalised, that explains the essence of marriage, and that can also be displayed in the newly-weds’ home. We would suggest to buy an Islamic wedding gift, one which has a verse from the Quran written in calligraphy and framed. You can look up Muslim wedding gifts to find such wonderful gems.
Marriage is perhaps the most significant turning point in a person’s life – one that comes with duties and privileges, smiles and tears, responsibilities and benefits. As much as it is romance and comfort, it is also hard work and sacrifice. It’s for this reason that Allah has given specific instructions to husband and wife in the Quran.
Allah says in Verse 21 of Surah Al Room: “And of His signs is that He created for you from yourselves mates that you may find tranquillity in them; and He placed between you affection and mercy. Indeed in that are signs for a people who give thought.”
Allah aids the spouses by placing between them love and compassion, so now it’s the responsibility of both to properly utilise this blessing, and show each other affection and mercy. Because without this, it would be difficult to find tranquillity within one another, an important purpose of marriage as is clear from the verse.
In verse 187 of Surah Al Baqarah, Allah says, “They (your wives) are a garment for you and you are a garment for them.” Garment is an apt metaphor for a spouse. Like the physical closeness between the body and the garment, the husband and the wife should be close to each other, beyond just the physical sense. They should share their fears, concerns, worries, anxieties and secrets with one another with no mistrust between them. Like the way a garment protects our physical being from dirt, grime and extremities of temperature, so should a husband and wife protect each other from the follies and nastiness of the world. Like how a garment covers up our bodies, including our private parts and physical injuries/marks, so should a husband and wife cover up each other’s faults. Like a garment beautifies us, so should a husband and wife add grace to one other’s persona. Also, the description of both husband and wife as garments implies equal responsibility of each towards the other.
Indeed, Allah has made clear the essence of marriage in the Glorious Quran. Sharing a marriage-specific ayat from the Holy Book, written in calligraphy, and framed, with a newly-wed – this could be a rare, beautiful Islamic wedding gift indeed. There is a plethora of such gifts online. Try searching for Muslim wedding gifts on the Internet, and you would likely find one which you would like to order to give as a gift on the wedding of your friend or relative.