Is Rukhsati must after Nikaah?
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One of our brothers/sisters has asked this question:
Brother Burhan, I wanted to ask you question about nikaah in Islam.
Once the Nikaah is done in masjid (or at home, hall, etc.) is there any other ceremony that needs to be done before the couples are considered married.
My fiancé is coming from India and we are going to do nikaah here(because we have to be married within three months for him to receive greencard in USA) but because my whole family is in India my parents wants to go back and do the Waalima etc. there after may be a year. so no bidai(rukhsat) will be done here when we get the nikaah done. Will we be considered married and can have relationship as husband and wife or do we have to have the waalima and bidai done before we are actually considered married? JazakAllah!
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Is Rukhsati must after Nika’ah?
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Once the Nikaah is done, the husband and wife are legal for each other, and they may enjoy the relationship that Allah has made legal for them. To do the Walima or marriage feast is a preferred Sunnah of the Messenger of Allah (saws), and one must do so according to his means. The Walima or the ‘bidai’ has no bearings on the validity of the marriage or the relationship between a husband and a wife.
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