I get many emails from women wanting to know about getting married in Egypt. One of the most common questions is from women wanting to know what happens during the Islamic religious ceremony. It is know as the "kabt ik kitab" or contract signing. This procedure usually takes place at the mosque, but there are many Sheikhs that make house calls. There must be two Muslim male witnesses present and usually only family and close friends attend this event. The contract signing usually takes place before the legal marriage at the Ministry of Justice. Even though the kabt ik kitab makes the couple married in the eyes of God, couples do not consider themselves married and do not co-habitate or consumate the marriage until after the legal marriage at the Ministry of Justice and the official wedding celebration party which resembles a typical western wedding reception. The wedding celebration parties are commonly held in 4 and 5 hotels compltete with live singers and belly-dancers, gourmet meals, loud music, cake, etc. There are other smaller moderately priced wedding halls available. Depending on the financial curcumstances of the couple, the wedding party celebration can immediately follow the kabt ik kitab or it can take place up to one year later.
Here is the video of our wedding:
(EDIT: The woman does not have to be Muslim - as it is acceptable for a man to marry a Christian or Jewish woman.)
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