Marriage is an important aspect walima in Islam i Muslim life. It is divided into two parts: Nikah and Walima.
What is Walima?
Walima is an Arabic term derived from the root word ‘Walam,’ which means assemble or gather. It is a Sunnah of Allah’s Messenger. It is the ritual that is held to make the Nikah legal.
Walima is performed:
- Simultaneously with the Nikah
- After the Nikah but before the marriage is consummated
- During the wedding processional
Walima that is based on:
- The first day is affirmed (Haq)
- the second day is satisfactory (Ma’ruf).
- The third day is all about showing off.
How is Walima performed?
Traditionally, the groom organises the Walima function. Invitations are issued to relatives on both sides of the family, as well as acquaintances and neighbours. It is inappropriate to invite exclusively wealthy or upper-class individuals. It is vital to welcome people from all socioeconomic classes, according to Islam.
Everyone who is invited must accept the invitation. Even if you are fasting, you must go and make a Du’a for the wedded couple. If one is not fasting, one should eat and make a Du’a. Refusing an invitation is rejecting Allah’s mandate, and hence that person is sinful.
During the feast of Walima, there are certain things to avoid:
- In Islam, the following are prohibited
- Putting the bride on display on stage
- In the hall, people are being greeted
- Wishing for presents from the bride’s guests Money spent on the wedding feast by the bride’s family
The Walima feast is successful as long as certain practises are followed.
Why is Walima celebrated?
Sayyiduna Anas ibn Malik (RA) narrates:
The Messenger of Allah (saw) saw a yellow mark on Abdur Rahman ibn Awf (RA) and said: “What is this?” Ibn Awf replied: “I have married a woman with the dowry being gold to the weight of a date-stone.” The Messenger of Allah (saw) said: “May Allah bless you, perform a Walima, even if it is only with a goat.” [Sahih Al-Bukhari]
Walima is the family union. It is celebrated to make the marriage official. This is an essential aspect of a Muslim wedding. The size of the dinner, food, and decorations, on the other hand, are determined by the groom’s family’s financial status and generosity.
Mynth#Is Walima Farz?
Because Walima is a Sunnah, the answer is NO. A wedding celebration is not required because the objective of Walima is to unite relatives and make the marriage legitimate.
If the groom cannot afford a wedding reception, he should not go to any extent to have one.
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