Prerequisite for walimah to take place

Q: Please can mufti advise on the following:

1. In Sha Allah I’m getting married soon, and I would like to know what are the prerequisites for a walimah to take place ? Does the nikaah have to be physically consummated?

2. If nikaah takes place after asr and then the couple spends some time in seclusion and then thereafter a little while later the walimah takes place, is this incorrect ?

3. Will the nikaah and walimah be invalid if the marriage isn’t physically consummated? Please also can mufti clarify what consummation entails if physical consummation isn’t necessary, e.g. how long does the couple need to spend together in seclusion.


1. Yes.

2. Yes.

3. No. The whole idea is that they should consummate and then do the walimah.

And Allah Ta'ala (الله تعالى) knows best.


Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)