Ana behibek (to female)

(änä hĕ bēk)


How To Say I Love You In Arabic (to her) With Free Audio Pronunciation Guide

Ana behibak (to male)

(änä hĕ bĕk)


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Spoken in Middle East, Arabia, North Africa, etc.


Arabic wedding traditions and cultural thoughts on love are intereresting to say the least. Though Islamic notions of chastity, virtue and any hints of lust or sexual impropriety rule the day—as is pretty mandated in the Quran and Islamic law—many parallels exist between arabic wedding customs and scripture within the Bible; for example, when Rebekah became Isaac’s wife (Gen 51-66).

Though there are different nuances between Arabic wedding traditions of different groups or countries, some things are pretty much universal. Prearranged marriages, where the right to marry a bride is contingent upon negotiations and/or acceptance between senior males (usually fathers) of families of both the bride and groom is pretty much a given.

A dowry of some form or fashion is usually expected and paid to the family of the bride, part of which in some cases is given to the bride. The actual communications about the festivities, which may last as long as a week, are handled by agents of the groom. On the day (usually evening) of the wedding, the bride is prepared by her bridesmaids, getting a special bath, and dressed in an exquisite embroidered dress, fully accessorized by bracelets, earrings, and other jewelry. The groom, who has been “exiled” from his residence, also gets special treatment from his groomsmen. The wedding procession of the bride can be complete with candles and torches, female shreiking, and other merriment as she makes her way towards the home of her future husband. Later in the evening, the groom makes his way toward his home, as even more spectators and fanfare set the scene. The ceremonies also include music, dance, food and recitation of poetry, and ultimately culminate with the bride and groom, with perhaps two witnesses going into a private room and literally or symbolicly consummating their marriage, and afterwards bringing out the bloody sheet (or handkerchief) to the approval and delight of the crowd.

As stated before, different Arab cultures and subcultures may have nuanced Arabic wedding traditions, and some may be more Westernized than others, but some Arabs (like the Rebellious Arab Girl of would probably say that love, within the traditional sense, actually has to be learned by the bride and groom after the marriage because traditional dating and courting continues to be taboo in the Arab world.