It’s your 10th marriage anniversary and you are scratching your head over what to give as a present to your husband or wife for this extra special day.You don’t want to do the usual flowers, accessories or clothes. After all, a decade is special and you want to give a gift that is also special. A gift that reinforces the spirit of institution of marriage, the essence of the marital relationship. A gift that would rekindle the love that has probably fatigued over the years. How about looking up Muslim wedding anniversary gifts, such as frames of calligraphy of anayat from the Glorious Quran. You can search for Muslim marriage anniversary gift to find such precious gems.

Marriage is undoubtedly among the most significant events in a person’s path in the world –coming as it does with duties and responsibilities as well as priveleges and benefits. If marriage is love and solace, it is also hard work and sacrifice. The health of our marriage has a major impact on our emotional and mental well-being. It is because of the significance of this institution that given specific ayats were revealed for marital bliss. For example, Ayat 21 of Surah Al Room, in which Allah says: “And of His signs is that He created for you from yourselves mates that you may find tranquillity in them; and He placed between you affection and mercy. Indeed in that are signs for a people who give thought.”

Allah helps the husband and wife by placing between them love and mercy. With this base provided by Allah, the couple have to build their marriage on it. They have to express their love and mercy towards one another through their words, deeds and prayers. Otherwise, it would be tough to make it work.

In Verse no. 187 of Surah Al Baqarah (Chapter 2) ,Allah says, “They (your wives) are a garment for you and you are a garment for them.” Garment is anappropriate metaphor for a spouse. Not dissimilar to the physical proximity between the physical self and the clothing, the husband and the wife should be close to one another. They should have enough faith in each other so that they can talk about their concerns, anxieties and secrets. The way a garment shields our body from dust, dirt and pollution, similarly, a husband and wife should protect each other from the nastiness of the world. How a garment covers our bodies, our bodily injuries/marks, that way also a couple should hide each other’s drawbacks. Like a garment beautifies us, a husband and wife should add grace to each other. The description of both husband and wife as garments suggests equal responsibility of both towards the other.

In no uncertain terms, Allah has made lucid the essence of marriage in the His Glorious Book. A frame with a marriage-specific verse from the Quran written can be a beautiful Muslim marriage anniversary gift for your spouse. You can also gift such Muslim wedding anniversary gifts to your relatives or friends.

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