Q: I have been recently hearing that it is against the sunnah for ladies to attend wedding functions, especially waleemahs. There are certain ideologies that believe women attending wedding functions is haraam altogether, and is not a sunnah: even if the functions are completely segragated and simple!
Kindly advise because I recently attended the weddings of 2 very religious relatives and everything was according to sunnah and within their means. Commenting on another religious Muslims efforts, calling them haraam, propagating women cannot attend waleemahs or wedding functions, isn’t this an innovation?
A: Ulama who discourage the women’s participation is because of the unscrupulous behaviour of people and their conduct in weddings in this day and time. People become more concerned of their name and the show, and do not show the respect to the shariah as they ought to. Otherwise, if the waleemah is conducted respecting all shar`ee requirements then it is not haraam for a woman to participate.
And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.
Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)