Q. Salam There is a question. Is Walima allowed before Rukhsati as per shariat?
A. Consummation of a Nikah is not a pre-condition for the validity of a Walima. If a Nikah is not consummated and a Walima took place, the Walima will be valid. However, it is Sunnah to consummate a Nikah before a Walima takes place.
Consummation of a Nikah refers to husband and wife being in seclusion such that there remains no barrier between them to engage in conjugal relations. Accordingly, husband and wife can be a room in total seclusion for a few minutes without engaging in conjugal relations, which will count the Nikah as consummated. (Mabsoot 5/150)
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Mufti Ismaeel Bassa
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