Can the Couples Stay Together Right after Nikah before Rukhsati?

Hanafi Fiqh

Answered by Mawlana Ilyas Patel


Is it permissible for the bride and groom to stay together after the nikah ceremony with the intention of completing the rest of the wedding events a few months later?


In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful and Compassionate

I pray you are well.

Once a nikah takes place, it is permissible for the married couple to enjoy marital rights, from meeting each other to intimacy.

If the couple and families have agreed to delay the rukhsati, they should follow the custom. Jurists mention that people’s customary practice (urf) is legal proof and must be considered. If they wish to meet and have intimacy with consent, then they may do so, too. However, the family agreed upon custom would be better to follow, so anything wrong or misunderstanding affecting the couple and family does not occur.

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[Mawlana] Ilyas Patel
Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Mawlana Ilyas Patel is a traditionally-trained scholar who has studied in the UK, India, Pakistan, Syria, Jordan, and Turkey. He started his early education in the UK. He went on to complete the hifz of the Quran in India, then enrolled in an Islamic seminary in the UK, where he studied the secular and ‘Aalimiyya sciences. He then traveled to Karachi, Pakistan. He has been an Imam in Rep of Ireland for several years. He has taught hifz of the Quran, Tajwid, Fiqh, and many other Islamic sciences to children and adults onsite and online extensively in the UK and Ireland. He taught at a local Islamic seminary for 12 years in the UK, where he was a librarian and a teacher of Islamic sciences. He currently resides in the UK with his wife. His interest is a love of books and gardening.