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Who Must Pay for the Walima?

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Answered by Ustadha Shazia Ahmad


Who must pay for the walimah? Is there a ruling that says that the husband (groom) should pay for the walimah feast or can it be paid by anyone?


Assalamu alaykum,

Thank you for your question. The Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, did encourage his companions to hold a walima after marriage and he did hold a walima after his own marriages. This sunna event is asked of the groom to finance as the default, but it is a charitable act for anyone to pay for it, in his stead. Please see the details below.

The Fiqh of the Marriage Feast (Walima)

Questions Related to Having the Walima After Consumating Marriage

Can My Brother-in-law Hold My Wedding Feast/Walima?

May Allah give you the best of this world and the next. 

[Ustadha] Shazia Ahmad  

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Ustadha Shazia Ahmad lived in Damascus, Syria, for two years, where she studied aqidah, fiqh, tajweed, Tafseer, and Arabic. She then attended the University of Texas at Austin, where she completed her Master’s in Arabic. Afterward, she moved to Amman, Jordan, where she studied fiqh, Arabic, and other sciences. She recently moved back to Mississauga, Canada, where she lives with her family.


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