With this important move, the Saudi Ministry of Hajj-Umrah aims to enhance the experience of pilgrims and visitors and provide more services. The initiative is an opportunity for event planning companies to come up with creative and dignified ideas for organizing a Nikah ceremony, Arabic daily Al Watan reported.
Saudi marriage official Musaid Al Jabiri explained that it is Islamically permissible to perform Nikah in a mosque. He also pointed to the example of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) who performed the marriage ceremony of a friend in a mosque. Al Jabiri said it was a common practice among the locals of Madinah to perform marriage contracts at the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah.
During the Prophet’s time, it was customary to invite most of the relatives of the couple to the Nikah. Often, the bride’s house cannot accommodate all the guests. Therefore, he explained that Nikah was performed in the Prophet’s Mosque (Madinah Masjid Dunna Bawi) or Quba Masjid (the first mosque built in Islam).
He also said that some people believe that making a marriage contract in a church will bring blessings and good luck.
It is suggested that loud noises should be avoided and the ceremony should be simple while performing Nikah in the mosque. It is advised to respect the sanctity of the shrines and avoid excessive distribution of coffee, sweets and food and no extravagance.
Saudi authorities have decided to implement barcode scanning at the automated gates to enter the Rawda Sharif of the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah. Arabic daily Okaz reported that the Haram office department and related authorities have arranged to implement a new system for visiting Rauda Sharif. Advanced digital technologies are maximized to ensure smooth entry and exit and enhance visitor comfort.