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Muslim weddings start with a Sheikh and Al-kitab (book) for the bride and groom. It is a Western misconception that the groom may not see his bride until the wedding day; indeed, a wedding is not Islamically valid unless both bride and groom are willing, and the groom is often encouraged to visit her before the wedding (as advised in many aḥadīth of the Islamic prophet Muhammad). However, these visits must be chaperoned to ensure purity of action between the two. Men and women in wedding ceremonies and receptions are segregated, with areas for men and for women.

A Pakistani Muslim wedding typically consist of four ceremonies on four separate days. It may consist of 3 days if the first function called "Mehndi" is done in a combined manner by both the bride and groom's family.

The first function is Mehndi in which the families get together and celebrate the upcoming wedding function. The next day is "baraat" in which the groom comes over to the bride's house with all his family, there is a big feast hosted by the bride's family. Then there is holy ceremony of "Nikah" after which bride and groom are declared as husband and wife.

Next day there is a function of "Walima" in which the groom's family is the host and the bride's family come over for a big feast. These weddings are also typical of the Muslim community in India.

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