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Is holding the Quran over the bride’s head at the time of Rukhsati when the wedding function ends an Islamic tradition? We know that it is a custom in South Asian culture, but does it have anything to do with Islam?
The tradition of Rukhsati
When the wedding ceremony is over, and the bride is to leave with the groom, she is to walk to the car under the shadow of the Holy Quran.
Her brother or uncle shall hold the Quran over the Bride’s head until she reaches the groom’s car. Then, the very Quran is given to her to carry.
Why do they do it?
Mostly, Muslim families hold the Quran over the bride’s head without knowing the real reason behind it. Their parents have done it and probably their grandparents too.
If you ask them the reason, they would say the shadow of the Holy Quran keeps the bride and the groom away from the evil eye.
Is holding Quran over the bride’s head Islamic?
Like most of the wedding customs such as Mehndi (Henna) and dowry, holding the Quran over the head of the bride at the time of Ruksati has no Islamic basis. Such practices have no mention in Islam and are often considered against Islamic teachings.
Our forefathers have innovated these activities (Biddah), and we tend to follow them blindly. The worst part is that we follow them as a religious duty even though these have no connection with Islam.
What to do instead?
Instead, the groom should recite the following when heading to the car at the time of Rukhsati “أَعـوذُ بِكَلِمـاتِ اللّهِ التّـامّـاتِ مِنْ شَـرِّ ما خَلَـق” (I seek refuge in the perfect words of Allaah from the evil of that which He has created). If he does so, Insha Allah, Allah will protect them against the evil eye.