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Is it allowed to wear flower garlands?

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In pakistani culture girls family present flower garlands to the groom and his family in their reception. is it allowed to wear flower garlands.

likewise, is it allowed for the girl to wear flower crown on her head.

Answer

In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.

 

The wearing of flower garlands during celebrations has its roots in the Hindu religion where a flower garland is placed around the necks of their deities (idols)[1]. Moreover, in Hindu weddings it is customary for three flower garlands to be placed around the necks of the bride and groom. As Muslims, we should stay away from all those things that have its roots in Kufr, Shirk and non-Muslim practices. Allah Ta’āla says:

 

ولا تركنوا الى الّذين ظلموا فتمسّكم النّار وما لكم من دون الله من اوليآء ثم لا تنصرون

Translation: And do not incline towards (do not associate with and do not imitate) those who do wrong (the Kuffar), for then the fire (Hellfire) shall seize you and you will not have any protectors other than Allah and nor shall you be assisted. [Al-Quran 11: 113]

  

It is permissible for women to beatify themselves with flower crowns on condition that they are not worn in front of strange men.

 

And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best

Saleem Ibn Sajawal Khan

Bradford, UK

Student Darul Iftaa

Checked and Approved by,
Mufti Ebrahim Desai.


[1] In India, where flower garlands have an important and traditional role in every festival, the Gods are decorated with garlands made from different fragrant flowers (often jasmine) and leaves. Both fragrant and non-fragrant flowers and religiously-significant leaves are used to make garlands to worship Hindu deities.

 

In Tamil Nadu temples (ancient)kings had appointed people for making garlands for that particular deity daily. They were not allowed to sell that garland.Each Hindu temple in southern India has nandavanam (floweral garden) where floral plants, trees for garlands are grown. Huge Shiva temples like Thillai Nataraja Temple, Chidambaram, Thyagaraja Temple, Tiruvarur and Arunachaleswara Temple, Thiruvannamalai still preserves such Nandavanams for supply of flowers for everyday rituals. Stone Inscriptions of Raja Raja Chola I at Thanjavur gives details of patronage of royals to the conservation of Nadavanams that belongs to The Big Temple.

 

Each Hindu deity has a unique garland: Goddess Lalitha wears hibiscus garland, Lord Vishnu wears tulasi leaves garland, Lord Shiva wears Bilvga leaves garland, Lord Subrahmanya wears jasmine garland, Mahalakshmi wears red lotus, Saraswathi devi wears a white lotus garland. Durga Devi wears nerium oleander garland, Vinayaka wears garland made of Durva Grass.

In all Hindu marriages bride and bridegroom exchange garlands three times.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garland

 

 

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