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How do Muslims get married?

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Traditionally, the actual Islamic marriage ceremony termed nikah involves the bride and groom, an officiator and two witnesses.

The ceremony includes the marriage proposal and acceptance and the presenting of a gift called mahr by the groom to the bride. The girl needs to be "given away" by the head of her family, usually her father.

The wedding celebration after the ceremony varies widely from culture to culture, but always involves food, special clothing and some form of celebration. In some societies, there may also be several days of celebration leading up to the wedding.

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