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Combined Wedding Feasts

Ustadh Farid Dingle is asked if it is permissible to hold two wedding feasts on the same day.

May I get the details on whether there is anything such as combined wedding feasts in Islam? Is it recommended?

For example, the elder brother and younger brother will get married in the same year but on a different month. They plan to combine their wedding feast on a single day. The reason being to save cost and energy of their family.

Thank you for answering.

It is perfectly fine because from a technical point of view. As long as both grooms are inviting people and both are providing food, then, there are technically two wedding feasts (walimas). 

It also fulfills one side of the Sunna and that is the sunna of simplicity.

Is it specifically recommended to have two separate places so that people remember very clearly that two couples got married? I don’t know. 

Please see The Fiqh of the Marriage Feast (Walima).

I pray this helps.

Farid

Checked and approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani.

When Should the Wedding Feast (Walima) Be Done?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam

Question: Salam,

What is the ruling on the time to wait between the marriage and the Walimah?

Answer: Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,

I pray that you are in the best of health and faith, insha’Allah.

In general, it would be from the sunna to consummate the marriage before the wedding feast (walima).

However, there are differing positions regarding the time of the walima, and hence there is some leeway in the matter. For instance, some scholars held that the walima should take place after contracting the marriage, and others, that it should be held after both the contract and consummation. [Khadimi, al-Bariqa; Tahtawi, Hashiyat al-Durr]

The jurists tend to limit the time period of the sunna walima to three days. Thereafter, feeding people would be permitted, and rewarding with a righteous intention, yet not a fulfilment of the specific post-wedding sunna meal.

See also: The Fiqh of the Marriage Feast (Walima) and: Questions Related to Having the Walima After Consumating Marriage

And Allah alone gives success.

Wassalam,

Tabraze Azam

Checked & Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani