The assembly of nikah/shaadi is addressed with a marriage sermon
(khutba-tun-nikah) by the Muslim officiating the marriage. In marriage
societies, customarily, a state appointed Muslim judge (Qadi) officiates
the nikah ceremony and keeps the record of the marriage contract.
The documents of marriage contract/certificate are filed with the mosque (masjid) and local
government for record.
Prophet Muhammad (S) made it his tradition (sunnah) to have marriage
sermon delivered in the assembly to solemnize the marriage. The sermon
invites the bride and the groom, as well as the participating guests in
the assembly to a life of piety, mutual love, kindness, and social
The Khutbah-tun-Nikah begins with the praise of Allah. His help and
guidance is sought. The Muslim confession of faith that 'There is none
worthy of worship except Allah and Muhammad is His servant and messenger"
The Muslim officiating the marriage ceremony concludes the ceremony
with prayer (Dua) for bride, groom, their respective families, the local
Muslim community, and the Muslim community at large (Ummah)
Marriage (nikah) is considered as an act of worship (ibadah). It is
virtuous to conduct it in a Mosque keeping the ceremony simple. The
marriage ceremony is a social as well as a religious activity. Islam
advocates simplicity in ceremonies and celebrations.
Prophet Muhammad (S) considered simple weddings the best weddings:
'The best wedding is that upon which the least trouble and expense is