When Should a Walima Take Place?

Answered by Ustadh Salman Younas

Question

When should a walima take place?

Answer

Scholars have mentioned different opinions on when a walima should take place. Some stated it should be held at the time of the marriage contract. Others stated that it should be held after the marriage contract but before consummation, or after consummation, or when the wife moves into her husbands home. [Ibn Hajar, Fath al-Bari]

In light of this, there is plenty of leeway regarding when you decide to host a walima ceremony in consideration to your individual circumstances. For more, please see:

The Fiqh of the Marriage Feast (Walima)

[Ustadh] Salman Younas
Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Ustadh Salman Younas graduated from Stony Brook University with a degree in Political Science and Religious Studies. After studying the Islamic sciences online and with local scholars in New York, Ustadh Salman moved to Amman. There he studies Islamic law, legal methodology, belief, hadith methodology, logic, Arabic, and tafsir.