Give walima after marriage.
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I am married for 3 yrs now, but for some reasons we have not been able to give a Walima.
Can my husband do so now?
Also can he give walima to an orphange or some noble instituition instead of inviting family and friends?
Your answer will be highly appreciated!
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Give walima after marriage
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Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 8.395 Narrated by Anas
The Prophet (saws) seeing a yellow mark (of perfume) on the clothes of 'Abdur-Rahman bin 'Auf, said, "What about you?" 'Abdur-Rahman replied, "I have married a woman with a Mahr of gold equal to a date-stone." The Prophet (saws) said, "May Allah bestow His Blessing on you (in your marriage). Give a wedding banquet, (Walima) even with one sheep."
First and foremost, the walima or marriage banquet is not an obligatory rite in Islam, but rather an extremely preferred Sunnah of the Messenger of Allah (saws). If one gives a walima after their nikaah, they would be in accordance with the Sunnah of the Messenger of Allah (saws) and thus receive a huge reward from their Lord; and if for any reason, one did not offer a walima, there is no obligation or sin upon them.
The Way or Sunnah of the Prophet (saws) was that after the Nikaah, he (saws) urged the believers to celebrate the joyous occasion of marriage with a marriage feast or Walima. The main wisdom behind holding the wedding feast or walima is to announce ones marriage to the family, friends and society one lives in.
There is so specific time limit ordained in the Sunnah for one to offer ones walima after ones marriage; but wisdom dictates that one should offer this Sunnah and hold ones wedding banquet as soon as possible or is easy for him to do so.
Your Qeustion: .I am married for 3 yrs now, but for some reasons we have not been able to give a Walima.
Can my husband do so now?
If you have been married for three years and for some reason were unable to or have not yet offered the walima, there is absolutely no harm if one wishes to do so now.
Your Question: .Also can he give walima to an orphange or some noble instituition instead of inviting family and friends?
Respected sister, the walima feast is not a sadaqa or charity, but rather the celebration of the joyous occasion of marriage whereby one announces ones marriage to ones family, friends, and the general society one lives in.
Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 7.106 Narrated by Abu Huraira
The Messenger of Allah (saws) said: The worst food is that of a walima (wedding banquet) to which only the rich are invited while the poor are not invited. And he who refuses an invitation (to a walima) disobeys Allah and His Messenger (saws).
In light of the above quoted guidance sister, it would be best to invite the poor as well as the rich amongst your family, friends and acquaintances to the walima feast.
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