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When to give walima.

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Asalam Aly Kum First of al thank u very much for all the efforts taken to spread the message of islam & may almighty guide us all on the straight path alwayz ameen.i wud like to ask i;`ll be getting married soon inshallah as for the walima is it mandatory to give it after the marriage has been consumated or it can be given the next day after nikah without consummating Jazakallah khair 


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When to give walima

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Your Question: for the walima is it mandatory to give it after the marriage has been consumated or it can be given the next day after nikah without consummating

Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 8.395 Narrated by Anas

The Prophet (saws) seeing a yellow mark (of perfume) on the clothes of 'Abdur-Rahman bin 'Auf, said, "What about you?" 'Abdur-Rahman replied, "I have married a woman with a Mahr of gold equal to a date-stone." The Prophet (saws) said, "May Allah bestow His Blessing on you (in your marriage). Give a wedding banquet, (Walima) even with one sheep."


The Way or Sunnah of the Prophet (saws) was that after the Nikaah, he (saws) urged the believers to celebrate the joyous occasion of marriage with a marriage feast or Walima. The main wisdom behind holding the wedding feast or walima is to announce ones marriage to the family, friends and society one lives in.


There is so specific time limit ordained in the Sunnah for one to offer ones walima after ones marriage; but wisdom dictates that one should offer this Sunnah and hold ones wedding banquet as soon as possible or is easy for him to do so.


The fulfillment of conjugal relations in ones marriage has absolutely no bearing on the timing of the walima; it is absolutely permissible and acceptable in Islam to offer the walima or marriage banquet immediately after ones Nikaah or as soon as is easy and convenient for them.


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