Walima - Validity if Marriage has not been Consummated
  • Question:

    Is the walima valid if husband and wife have not consummated their marriage by then?

    Assalamu Alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh

    Thank you for your question.

    The walīma banquet is a sunnah (prophetic practice).

    This gathering can take place any time soon after the nikāḥ (Islamic marriage). Even though it is preferred to hold the walīma after consummation of marriage, it is not mandatory to do so. (See: Awjaz al Masālik, I’elā al Sunan and Tuḥfat al Muḥtāj)

    Anas (may Allāh be please with him) said, “The Prophet (peace and blessings upon him) consummated his marriage to Ṣafiyyah (may Allāh be pleased with her), after which I [upon the instruction of the Prophet] invited the Muslims present to a walīma meal" (Ṣaḥīḥ Bukhārī)

    It is also worthy to note that in Islam, consummation of marriage occurs when the couple spend some time after the marriage in seclusion. Intercourse is not necessary for consummation of marriage. (See Fiqh al Islāmīy wa Adillatuhū and other famous manuals of fiqh)

    And Allah knows best.

    Answered by Shaykh Yusuf Badat
    Hadith of the Day Imam
    Imam of the Islamic Foundation of Toronto and Director of Mathabah Institute
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