Valimah In Islam

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THE VALIMAH (WEDDING BANQUET) IN ISLAM.

The Valimah is a meal that is given on the occasion of uniting the two spouses.

It becomes due upon consummating the contract, thereafter, or upon cohabitation, or afterwards depending on the social customs.

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It is a practice of the Sunnah to slaughter one lamb or more depending on financial conditions. It is unlawful to be wasteful in the banquet, or in anything else.

It is obligatory to respond to the walimah invitation, if the host is a Muslim who is not lawful to ostracize. It is not unlawful for an invite on the first day, and if the banquet did not involve unlawful things.

It is permissible to respond to an invitation by a Dhimmi (a person belonging to the category of the protected people, in the Islamic State i.e. Christian, Jews & Marians) to a banquet provided it does not involve unlawful things, such as consuming wine, swine flesh, or the like.

If an invited person happens to be observing obligatory fast, he may attend the banquet & supplicate to Allah, (Barak Allah Akum, WA- Baraka Alaykum, May Allah (swt) bless for you (your marriage) & make you blessed), & leave.

It is commended to eat from the meal, but it is not compulsory. Eating from such meal becomes lawful either by the host’s permission or his offering it.

It is the Sunnah to publicize the wedding. All other musical instruments are unlawful in weddings or otherwise for men or women.

Reference: (Book of Nikau by Muhammad Abu Al – Kuwaiti).


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