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Inviting relatives and friends to wedding

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My daughter is getting married. I am the father. Do I personally have to invite the guests to attend the wedding? or can my wife invite the guests? If my wife is allowed to invite the guests then does she have to inform the guests that she is inviting them on behalf of me? I will appreciate your reply.

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Inviting relatives and friends to wedding

In the name of Allah, We praise Him, seek His help and ask for His forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and whoever He allows to fall astray, none can guide them aright. We bear witness that there is none worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad (saws) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers.

There is no harm or restrictions in Islam if you personally invite your guests or send the card through any of your family members or friends or even through the post or internet. The card usually has the details written so there is no need to say anything verbally.

Ibn ‘Uthaymeen (may Allaah have mercy upon him) said: 

The scholars (may Allaah have mercy on them) say that it is obligatory to respond to the first invitation, i.e., if one is mentioned by name and invited as an individual, whether the host invites him himself or through a deputy or by means of a card sent to him, on condition that there be no evils involved in the wedding feast. If there is any evil involved, then it depends: if when attending he is able to prevent the evil, then he must attend; if he is not able to do that, then it is not permissible for him to attend.

Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allah’s Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is only ones. Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.

Your brothers and well wishers in Islam,


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