Ruling On The Bride Sitting On A Dais: Subject To The Condition She's Screened From The Gaze Of Non-mahram Men
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question is about the dais on which the bride is
placed, which is a kind of platform or stage which is
on a higher level than the people who are present, so
that the bride may be easily seen by all the people
present. Is this a kind of arrogance, knowing that
some of the friends of the bride sit with her? Please
advise us, may Allaah reward you with good.
Praise be to Allaah.
The dais on
which the bride sits is something that has been well
known from ancient times and is mentioned in several
There is nothing wrong with the bride sitting on a
dais, subject to the condition that it be screened
from the gaze of non-mahram men. This is not regarded
as a kind of arrogance, rather the aim, as you stated,
is for everyone to be able to see her.
Here we should point out the evils that happen in some
societies on such occasions, where the husband sits
with his wife on this dais when she is wearing all her
finery, in front of both men and women, or the husband
comes in and sits with his wife on the dais when there
are women present who are not his mahrams, wearing all
The scholars of the Standing Committee said:
For the husband to appear on the dais in front of
women who are not his mahrams and who are present at
the wedding party, where he can see them and they can
see him, and they are wearing all their adornments and
he is wearing all his finery, is not permissible,
rather it is an evil action which must be denounced.
Fataawa al-Lajnah al-Daa'imah, 19/120.
And Allaah knows best.