Sexual Relations After Marriage Contract Yet Before Wedding Ceremony

Hanafi Fiqh

Answered by Shaykh Faraz A. Khan

Question: Is huband and wife allowed to meet each other alone and touch each other without intercourse after nikkah if the time span between nikkah and farewell (rukhsati) is more than a year?

Answer: Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullah,

I pray this finds you in the best of health and states.

Legally, sexual relations are permissible after the marriage contract. [Maydani, Lubab]

Having said that, this is generally not advisable before living together, as some men of vile character may abuse that situation, and sexual relations would complicate the matter. This could and often does lead to undue harm on the woman. One should consult a reliable pious scholar, or a trustworthy person of wisdom and piety, for personal advice.

And Allah knows best.

Checked & Approved by Faraz Rabbani