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Relations before rukhsati

Q: Is sexual intimacy prior to bridal departure (rukhsati) permissible if Nikkah is already done. If this is not permissible then why?


A: Yes, as long as the nikaah is done.

And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.


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Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from MuftiOnline.co.za, where the questions have been answered by Mufti Zakaria Makada (Hafizahullah), who is currently a senior lecturer in the science of Hadith and Fiqh at Madrasah Ta’leemuddeen, Isipingo Beach, South Africa.

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