Saturday, April 18, 2009

Living in Egypt: An Islamic marriage ceremony

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.)

9 comments:

  1. Just found your blog a few weeks ago. Really enjoy reading it. Keep it up!

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  2. thanks for posting the video of your wedding. it is very nice and most interesting to see.

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  3. hi there! I am a Filipina married to an Egyptian. Have not gone yet to Egypt. We are base in KSA. Are there Filipinos (family) living in Cairo? Thanks.

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  4. Hi. Yes, there are many Filipinos living in Cairo. I think mostly they are either married to Egyptians or are living there single.

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  5. It a very nice video. Thanks for sharing it with us. Now I understand what Mufti Ali Jumaah has said about how Islam spreads in Egypt. It is thru marriage. Because the sons of this kind of marriage will became Muslims. Now I see it in front of me. Thanks very much.

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  6. hi! thanks for posting ur video. It is very much interesting for me as i searched for Egyptian tradition. I am a Filipina who happens to fall inlove with an Egyptian muslim. But my case is not really common...it is very much complicated. And up to now I still don't know what to do. I am still married with a Filipino also but planning to divorce. But i don't know if I can still be married to him. It is really hard for me.

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  7. Hello, Nice topic here. I am interested because I am a widow Filipina . Catholic with 3 kids, I fall inlove with an egyptian muslim guy. MY case is very complicated. I am curious if the family of the man will accept me or not..?? This is a big question for me. I don't know if I can be married to him.Very difficult. I am afraid to be hurt.

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  8. hello, nice topic here im interested for egyptian tradition and life. i am in-love and have a relationship with egyptian man now, we met here in KSA, we plans everything before but suddenly he needs to go back to egypt to marry the woman that his family choose for him. after their married he comeback here again, we want to continue everything same before but really im afraid now, we love each other but the situation now is not same before. i dont know if we can still get married or not, or if his wife will allowed him to marry again.

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  9. can anyone help me to get married from a Muslim Filipino girl that lives in Egypt ?

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