Is it normal practice for Moroccan women not to buy men wedding ring?

January 30, 2013 | By

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Is it normal practice for Moroccan women not to buy men wedding ring when they get married?
is this a Muslim thing?
North African thing?
Thanks for that, i see, but i dont see my wife as my possession! this is surely old fashioned stuff!

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Answer by planner
it would be a muslim thing. morocco is a muslim nation and in most muslim nations, women become the property of the husband when they marry. it is not a receprical thing like it is here where both bride and groom belong to one another. it is for the groom to give gifts of jewelry to her before they are married and her rings are included. after the wedding, both the bride and all she possesses belong to the husband.

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Comments (2)

  1. Naima

    I feel this is not related to the muslim religion. This is rather related to the customs and muslims in these states follow to keep women as their property. This links with poverty, illitracy, un-employment and growing population in these countries and Morocco has a same problem.

  2. aspasia

    While this is indeed related to Islam, and to cultural customs, it has nothing to do with women’s being property. They are not. Islam treats women as full members of the community with adult rights and responsibilities that are different from men’s responsibilities, but are of equal importance and dignity.

    Islam prescribes certain behaviours and certain limits on behaviour for all members of the community. For example, women are not supposed to go about bare-headed. In the same way, mean are not supposed to wear gold or silk, or silver jewelry larger than 4.3 grams. Muslim marriages are formalized by the gift of dowry to the wife from the husband (Mehr), and by the mutual agreement of the couple to be married (Nikaah — and the woman has to make her share of the Nicaah of her own free will, again showing that she is not being traded like property!) and a feast (Valima) that feeds the family, neighbours, and does not exclude the poor. The dowry (Mehr) is traditionally in the form of gold jewelry, only because the custom predates banks and stock brokers (gold being portable and negotiable in much the same way as share certificates and bonds) — and its management is entirely at the discretion of the wife who can spend it or save it or invest it as she wishes in keeping with Islamic law, something she could not do if she were “property” herself. Wedding and engagement rings aren’t recognized at all by Islam.

    Things like wedding dresses and wedding rings aren’t part of Muslim culture at all and are borrowed from the west. But even in the west, a “two-ring wedding” is a relatively modern thing. Prior to the 1970’s the standard formal church wedding service required only that the husband give a ring, and treated the giving of a ring by the wife as an unusual optional “extra”. The ring is believed by some historians to be related to a denarius coin, which was the “price” of buying a wife, and the word “wed” to come from the anglo=saxon root for “buying”. So the groom’s vow that says “with this ring, I thee wed”, in fact equates to “I am buying you for one gold coin”. It’s the western wedding tradition, not the Islamic one, that is based on the idea of buying a wife!

    In short, yes indeed it is quite normal for a Moroccan woman to not give a wedding ring to their husband — and some scholars consider giving or receiving a wedding ring to be haraam.