Islam, the world’s second largest religion after Christianity, was founded by the Prophet Muhammad in the seventh century AD. It is still the leading faith in the Arab world, as well as in most of the Middle East. Islam is much more than a religion: it also supplies the guiding principles of political and social life. Looking for the best islamic wedding dresses uk picks? Check our list of islamic wedding dresses with hijab uk, islamic wedding dresses for sale uk, islamic wedding dresses in uk, and islamic wedding dresses with hijab for sale uk options below.
Muslim marriages can be conducted in different ways, depending on the culture in which they are arranged. The following information refers, in the most part, to the Asian world. Here, Muslim marriages are generally arranged by the parents, with the bride and groom themselves having the final say about who they will wed. The actual proposal comes from the woman, who contacts the man through an intermediary ‐‐ normally a male relative.
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Strictly speaking, Muslim women cannot marry outside their faith. Muslim men can, in principle, marry non‐Muslims, as long as they are Christian or Jewish and their children are raised as Muslims. Alternatively, it is possible for a woman to convert to the Muslim faith by performing the Shadada, a simple ceremony in which the convert accepts Allah and Mohammed.
After accepting her offer of marriage, the groom must give the bride a Mahar (gift). Usually in the form of money or gold, it is intended as a dowry for her to use as she wishes. The engagement period lasts three months, and if the couple aren’t married by the end of this period, the engagement contract needs to be renewed. During this time, the bride can only be in the same room as her intended if her father or brother is present and she is covered.
What happens at a Muslim wedding?
In Islam, it is considered both a religious duty and a social necessity to get married. Thus there is a great emphasis on the religious and social dimensions of the ceremony, which usually lasts about one‐and‐a‐half hours.
The ceremony is generally a well‐attended affair, though to make it official, only two male witnesses are required. The wedding always retains a spirit of simplicity, in accordance with the tenets of Islam.
Planning your Muslim wedding
Setting the date
- The Muslim calendar works on a lunar cycle, so there are no fixed days for weddings. However, it is forbidden to marry on the two days of Eid, which occur after the feast of Ramadan, and the Day of Pilgrimage. It is also impossible to marry on the Day of Ashura, which falls on either the 9th or 10th day of the Islamic first month (Muharran).
- You can marry at any time of the day.
- There is no fixed notice period required before marriage, as, in Islam, there’s no registrar system.
Once you’ve settled on the ideal date and approximate time you’d like to marry, you need to speak to the Iman of the mosque, or your local cleric. Arrange the Mahar, the gift from husband to wife, which is an important part of the Nikah (wedding ceremony).
There is no marriage license in the Muslim wedding (though the witnesses need to sign a ‘proof of Nikah’, which testifies that the marriage has taken place and that the bride has given her full consent). Bride and groom will not be asked to fill in any forms, as this is done by the priest.
Any male Muslim who understands the traditions of Islam may perform the wedding ceremony, although many mosques have dedicated marriage officers. In most cases, however, the Qazi ‐‐ an elder of the mosque ‐‐ will officiate in the service, as he is the most knowledgeable in the community. No female Muslim may officiate in the service.
Booking your wedding venue
As a Muslim wedding can take place anywhere and not just in a Mosque (though this is the preferred choice), you have a lot of scope for your venue. Think about:
- How many people the venue will accommodate.
- Whether it’s possible to take tape recordings, videos and photos of the event
- Flowers and ornaments. These are not allowed in the mosque, but the bride and groom are decorated with flowers for the service. If you’re opting for a wedding in a hotel or venue other than the mosque, you have more freedom and can decorate with flower arrangements, streamers and banners. However, it is always advised to speak to the co‐ordinator of your venue and community leaders about appropriate decorations.
Guests at Muslim weddings
People from all religious denominations can be invited to the wedding.
Muslim wedding wear
Traditionally, the Asian Muslim bride wears sparkling, bright clothes, with lots of jewellery and flowers. This is in contrast to the Arab Muslim bride, who traditionally wears a white dress and veil, like her Christian counterpart. Her hands and feet are decorated with henna tattoos (Mehndi).
The groom wears a simple outfit, either traditional or a western‐style suit ‐ or a combination of the two.
Guests should remember that revealing clothes are not appropriate.
On the big day
- The marriage ceremony itself is called the Nikah. The bride and groom are separated, either in different parts of the hall, or in different rooms. Guests are traditionally also separated by gender, although in Western cultures they may be mixed.
- The marriage party listens to a marriage sermon given by the Muslim officiating at the service. This serves to solemnise the marriage. There are no particular specifications so the marriage ceremony is very much up to the Qazi performing the ritual. Some recite the Fatihah (the first chapter of the Koran) and the blessing or durud.
- Traditionally, there is no service sheet, although, in recent years, texts have been supplied.
- The marriage documents (contract and certificate) are filed at the mosque and the local government. The ceremony ends with a prayer (Duoa) for the bride and groom, their families, and the Muslim community at large.
- You can throw confetti, but it is more traditional to shower the bride with coins, a ritual known as Savaqah.
- A marriage banquet, or Walima, follows the ceremony, served to the men and women separately. After the meal the couple are seated together for the first time, their heads covered by a dupatta and prayers are read.
After the main ceremony, the bride and groom return to the Grooms home and the ritual of Rukhsat is performed. The father of the bride will offer his daughters hand to her new husband, asking that he takes care of her. The mother of the groom may hold the holy Quran above the brides head as she enters the home for the first time as a married couple.
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Your First Muslim Wedding Ceremony? Here’s What to Expect.
A Muslim wedding is a beautiful and soulful event that marks and celebrates a couple’s dedication to the faith. If you’ve never attended a Muslim religious ceremony, you’ll want to familiarize yourself with the basics of a Muslim marriage ceremony so you’ll know what to wear and what to expect.
Here’s what to expect at your first Muslim wedding ceremony and reception.
Dress respectfully in the mosque and at the reception.
Muslim houses of worship are solemn places where members of the faith gather daily to pray. As such, men and women will want to dress modestly for a Muslim wedding ceremony. Generally, long pants or longer dresses and skirts are most appropriate. Folks of any gender should avoid showing your bare arms as well. Women might be expected to cover their heads too, so bring along a scarf.
For the reception, the same clothing rules apply, but you most likely won’t need to keep your head covered.
You’ll have to remove your shoes in the mosque.
If you’re invited to the Muslim wedding ceremony, be prepared to remove your shoes before entering the sacred part of the mosque. There will likely be a rack where you can place your shoes and retrieve before you leave. You’ll be asked to do this so that you don’t track dirt inside the mosque where believers pray on the carpet.
Men and women will sit separately during a Muslim wedding ceremony.
The Muslim marriage ceremony features gender separation within the mosque. Wedding receptions will likely have some form of gender separation as well, but to a different degree. For example, there might be separate rooms for men and women to celebrate, a partition between the reception venue, or men and women might simply be grouped at different tables. If you’re not an observant Muslim, your hosts might seat you at a coed table with other non-Muslims, though.
Muslim wedding ceremonies are short and sweet.
The average wedding ceremony is less than an hour, but Nikah, a muslim marriage ceremony, will still likely be the shortest you’ve attended. There are three main parts:
Mehr is a ceremonial presentation of gifts, money or other meaningful offering to the bride, from the groom. Many times the bride’s engagement ring is considered part of the mehr. At this time, the bride and groom are not able to see each other. Next, both bride and groom need to consent to the marriage by saying qubool hai three times each when asked by the Imam (religious officiant).
Nikah-Namah is the Muslim marriage contract that the bride and groom sign in front of their guests. It’s read aloud in Arabic during the wedding ceremony and is signed at this time as well. Verses from the Koran are read during a short sermon and the couple is officially wed.
Savaqah is the last part of a Muslim wedding ceremony. As the couple recesses from the ceremony, the bride is showered with coins in celebration.
Mingling between genders is generally frowned upon.
If this is your first Muslim wedding, you might need to retrain your reflex to make new friends on the reception dance floor. Don’t dance, shake hands, or initiate physical contact with a Muslim person of the opposite gender, unless they prompt the interaction.
A Muslim wedding ceremony can be representative of various cultures.
Islam is a very popular religion and close to 25 percent of the world’s population are observers. As such, a Muslim wedding simply means the couple are members of the faith, but doesn’t dictate the culture of the couple. Americans with roots in the Arabic world have sizable Muslim populations, but so do South Asian Americans, African-Americans, and Nigerian Americans. However, the Muslim faith is practiced by just about every ethnic group in the United States. This could mean that your first Muslim wedding might also be your first Nigerian wedding, or your first Indian wedding as well, which would add more and different social expectations.
The best sneakers of 2021: Top 25 most popular sneakers for men
Here’s our ultimate list of the best sneakers of 2021 for men. You can easily navigate to the category you’re most interested in.
|1||Oliver Cabell Low 1||Best minimalist|
|2||Nike Air Max 270||Best selling|
|3||Koio Capri Castagna||Best casual|
|4||Axel Arigato||Most stylish|
|5||Adidas Originals||Best classic|
|6||Lanvin Black||Best dressed up|
|7||Celine Triomphe Gold||Most extravagant|
|8||Adidas UltraBoost 21||Most comfortable|
|9||Adidas Yeezy Boost||Most sought-after|
|10||Balmain B-Court||Best black and white|
|11||Koio Gavia Bianco||Best white|
|12||Balenciaga Black Speed||Best all black|
|13||Koio Tempo Bianco||Best tennis|
|14||Nike Air Force 1 GTX||Most durable|
|15||Nike Air Jordan||Best high-top|
|16||Nike x Supreme||Best collaboration|
|17||Gucci Screener||Best vintage|
|18||Nike Zoom Vaporfly||Best runners|
|19||Tom Ford Warwick||Most versatile|
|20||Salomon XT-6||Best for long walks|
|21||Balenciaga Track 2||Best Dad Sneakers|
|22||Nike Air Force 1||Best value|
|23||Nike GTS ‘16 TXT||Best under $100|
|24||Vans Low Top||Best under $50|
|25||Maison Margiela Fusion||Most expensive|
All the shoes featured on our list of the best sneakers of 2021 are independently selected by our team. If you buy something through our links, we may earn an affiliate commission at no extra cost to you.
1. Oliver Cabell Low 1 Frost: Best minimalist men’s sneakers
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2. Nike Air Max 270: Bestselling sneakers of the year
The Nike Air Max 270 is quite simply the most popular men’s sneaker of 2021. This low-top pair comes in a range of colours, shown here in simple black and white. The woven fabric on the upper gives you a lightweight fit and airy feel while Nike’s signature lightweight React rubber sole makes it also one of the most comfortable sneakers to wear all day long.
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This alternative Nike Air Max 270 in all-white with a black logo is the most reviewed version on Amazon and can be snatched at a discount.
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3. Koio Capri Castagna: Best casual shoes to wear with jeans
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Another excellent casual sneaker option to wear daily are these classic Adidas Campus in blue suede. Many other colour combinations are available, including timeless white and black.
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4. Axel Arigato Clean 90: Most stylish sneakers
Nothing beats a pair of swish white men’s sneakers and our favourites have to be these suede beauties by street-smart Swedish label, Axel Arigato. Offering pure understated minimalism, they would go with almost any casual get up and are the perfect addition to your weekend warrior wardrobe.
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This cool update of the Clean 90 Sneaker classic is handmade from premium suede with a luxurious texture you can’t help but stroke. The black tab in smooth leather offers an aesthetically satisfying contrast.
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5. Adidas Originals Superstar: Best classic sneakers
Every man should have a pair of Adidas Original Superstar in his sneakers collection. Their design is timeless. Some even call them the best sneakers of all time. The shoes come in a variety of colours, but if we have to pick just one, we would recommend the classic white leather with black stripes.SHOP NOW
If you close your eyes and picture one of the most classic sneakers in history, chances are that the Converse Black Chuck 70 will pop into your head. They make for another great choice.
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6. Lanvin suede and patent-leather: Best dressed up sneakers
If you’re after a nice pair of sneakers to dress up for a business casual look, or even a black-tie party, check this pair of black Lanvin cap-toe in suede and patent-leather. It’s the best sneakers to wear in the office or match with a suit.SHOP NOW
Looking for an all-black sneaker instead, Oliver Cabell has exactly what you need with this Jet Black version of their best-selling Low 1 shoe. The pair is crafted in Italy with calfskin leather and Margom outsoles.
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7. Celine Triomphe Gold High-Top: Most extravagant
This pair of gold high-top sneakers by French luxury designer Céline is exclusive to 24S, the LVMH-owned online store. It’s a limited-edition sneaker that’s simple, comfortable, and highly desirable. You won’t go unnoticed walking down the street with these on your feet.SHOP NOW
If you’re after shoes with a little bit more peps, check these very red sneakers by Off-White with the brand’s instantly-recognisable tag.
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8. Adidas UltraBoost 21: Most comfortable sneakers
When Adidas first introduced the UltraBoost, the shoe received rave reviews online for its build quality and comfort. Put the sneakers on your feet, and you’ll feel like you’re walking on clouds! The latest version, the Adidas UltraBoost 21, is excellent for running as well. And best of all, the UltraBoost are made from recyclable materials, so they are friendly to our planet.
The Ultraboost are now available in a large range of colours and style. The breathable mesh top is particularly comfortable during the summer to keep your feet cool. It’s also one of the only pair of shoes on our list with true athletic capabilities. You can use them on the track, at the gym, or as your go-to pair on the weekend.SHOP NOW
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For comfort, we really like the Salomon Black Limited Edition XT-6 ADV too. The French shoe manufacturer is seeing a massive increase in their sneaker sales since it became a fashion statement. Even Ralph Lauren and Rihanna started wearing them.
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9. Adidas Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Yecheil: 2021 most sought-after
The Yeezy, born from a collaboration between Kanye West and Adidas, also make for a great sneaker investment if you plan on selling them back. Their aftermarket price increased by 27% since they first went on sale. They remain one of the hottest sneakers of the year. Hipsters love them for their unique look, sneakers heads love them for their investment value on aftermarket websites.SHOP NOW
We give an honourable mention for this alternative: the Air Jordan 1 Retro High North Carolina to Chicago released in 2021. The classic high-top silhouette remains a timeless hit.
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10. Balmain B-Court: Best black and white sneakers
With its clean and trendy design, the Balmain White & Black logo B-Court sneakers will keep you comfortable. The shoe is made with high-quality leather and extra padding. The back of the sole features a glossy rubberized trip with the luxury house logo embossed at the heel.SHOP NOW
For a low-key and affordable alternative, check these black and white Puma Roma sneakers. With their timeless design and great value for money, it’s no surprise that they have over 5,500 positive reviews on Amazon.
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11. Koio Gavia Bianco: Pure white sneakers
Every man should own a pair of pure white sneakers. They are easy to wear with nearly everything, and will instantly freshen up your look. White sneakers don’t have to be boring, however. To be on-trend, check this pair of Gavia Bianco by Koio. Their design is elevated by the addition of rose gold accents on the mountaineering eyelets. The shoe is also very comfortable even after a long day of walking.SHOP NOW
Another great option are the Oliver Cabell Low 1 sneakers in all-white. It’s a great value alternative if you want simple yet stylish white sneakers made with high-quality materials.
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12. Balenciaga Black Speed: All black sneakers
No list of the best designer sneakers would be completed without a pair of Balenciaga Black Speed. The luxury designer is one of the first to embrace premium sneakers at its fashion show. The high-top stretch knit sneakers in black with black sole features a Memory Sole technology for added comfort and the perfect fit.SHOP NOW
If you want something a little more subtle, try these black leather and black sole Common Projects sneakers. These low-top buffed leather sneakers even come with matching black lace-up closure. Only a discrete serial number stamp in gold-tone is present on the outer side for a touch of style. Yes, you can wear black on black sneakers and still be trendy.
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13. Koio Tempo Bianco: Best tennis sneakers
The retro-athletic inspired Koio Tempo Bianco has an air of classic tennis shoes with a modern interpretation. The sneakers are indeed built to sustain an entire day of walking around town. They are handcrafted in Italy with premium materials. There is something about the colour matching and edgy yet straightforward design that gives them a great personality. These sneakers would look great with any pair of jeans.SHOP NOW
For a modern take on the tennis sneaker, check this Breeze Knit tennis shoes by American designer Robert Graham. Made with the brand’s signature Breeze technology, the features a rubber cup-sole and EVA midsole. It’s also water-friendly, lightweight and very comfortable.
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14. Nike Air Force 1 GTX: Most durable sneakers
Made with Gore-Tex, a high tech material that ensures a high level of water resistance, the Nike Air Force 1 GTX are one of the most durable sneakers on the market today. We especially love them in this green khakis colour for a military look. A great reinterpretation of the classic Air Force with modern design details.SHOP NOW
This pair of high-top Converse is another excellent option if you want to invest in sneakers that will stay with you for years. Their design is both durable and timeless.
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15. Nike Air Jordan New Beginnings: Best high-top sneakers
This 2021 reedition of the 1985 Nike Air Jordan is an absolute gem. It’s sold as part of a pack, combining this Jordan New Beginnings with the Nike Air Ship 1984 reedition. You can’t buy the sneakers online with Nike, but you can snatch a pair on premium resale marketplace StockX. They are currently selling for over ten times their original price!SHOP NOW
Check also this superb collaboration between Converse and Comme des Garçons reinterpreting the classic high-top Chuck 70. This special edition comes with premium materials and a more comfortable sole.
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16. Nike x Supreme SB Dunk Low Jewel Swoosh Red: Best collaboration
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Honourable mention for the Nike x Off-White collaboration on this beautiful pine green and orange accent sneaker. Virgil Abloh pays homage to skate culture of the 1980’s with his signature Off-White text on the sides. The Nike Dunk Low Off-White Pine Green is in high-demand in the aftermarket space.
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17. Gucci Screener: Best vintage sneakers
Gucci nailed the sneakers throwback design with this retro-inspired shoe. Influenced by classic runners from the ’70s, this pair of Gucci Screener sneakers are carefully distressed to look like authentic vintage sports shoes. They are made in Italy and feature an enamelled GG logo at the front.SHOP NOW
Before Under Armor, there was Reebok. The British sports brand defined the 1980s with its classic sneakers. Reebok embodies the ultimate athletic shoes in the 80s. This Reebok Club C Revenge in white and blue leather with a red accent colour is a cool and affordable retro sneaker.
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18. Nike Zoom Vaporfly 4% Flyknit: Best sneakers to run with
Our absolute favourite running shoes at the moment are the Nike Vaporfly 4% Flyknit. They are hands down the best athletic sneakers on the market today. In fact, they are so good at helping you run faster than the International Association of Athletics Federations is examining if they provide an unfair advantage to athletes who wear them.SHOP NOW
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19. Tom Ford Midnight Blue Warwick Suede: Most versatile sneakers
If you could only wear one pair of sneakers, this beautiful pair from Tom Ford would be our pick. It comes in a variety of colours, but we particularly like this midnight blue suede. It’s easy to wear with everything for a casual to business casual look. Made in Italy from premium materials, this pair of Tom Ford Warwick sneakers is finished with discreet branding, including perforated ‘T’s and gold designer stamps.SHOP NOW
For a good alternative at an affordable price, check these Black OG Old School Vans. Their design is virtually remaining the same year over year, and they can be easily dressed up or down.
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20. Salomon Edition XT-6 Trekking: Best sneakers for long walks
Born out of a collaboration between Salomon and Fumito Ganryu, these cool sneakers are our favourite for walking through town all day. They are very versatile too. You could easily wear them for a mountain trek or to go to a club, now that they’ve acquired a high-fashion status symbol. This limited edition makes them even more stylish.SHOP NOW
We also love the New Balance 608v5 trainers. They have a bit of a retro sneakers look to them that makes them both very comfortable to walk all day and easy to pair with your jeans for a casual look. These shoes are New Balance’s best sellers on Amazon for men.
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