The Nikah of a Shia versus a Sunni
The nikah ceremony of Sunnis and Shias differs greatly. Shia and Sunni have different religious understandings as well as cultural differences. Consequently, Shia and Sunni’s religious scholars don’t encourage marriages between spouses who are both Shia or Sunni because of these differences.
A nikah is a contract that binds a Muslim man and woman together. Marriage certificates, or nikah nama, are supposed to be signed by Sunni and Shia brides. The bride and groom have a number of requirements and responsibilities to fulfil. Grooms provide a home for the bride, and brides are responsible for raising their children as Muslim adults and taking care of the household.