Contracting marriage in the period between the two ‘Eeds

Question 28: I am a young man in the prime of my youth who got engaged to a certain girl. After a period of engagement, I decided to contract marriage in the period between ‘Eed-ul-Fitr (the Festival of Breaking the Fast) and ‘Eed-ul-Ad-haa (the Festival of the Sacrifice). However, I confronted the problem that my fiancée’s relatives rumored that it is impermissible to contract marriage in such a period, which caused my fiancée’s father to ask an Imaam of a Masjid (mosque) to be given the reply that it is Islaamically impermissible. I, on my part, asked another Imam who gave me a reply to the opposite of that of the first Imaam. I fell into confusion and this is why I sent to you hoping that you will give me a detailed answer substantiated by Hadeeth and Ijmaa‘ (consensus of scholars) so that I can convince my fiancée’s family. In fact, I am sure that contracting marriage between the two ‘Eeds is permissible but I have no evidence in written form.

Answer: A man may contract and consummate his marriage on any day of the year unless he is in a state of Ihraam (ritual state for Hajj and ‘Umrah). During the state of Ihraam, it is impermissible to marry or contract marriage for oneself or for others. As for prohibiting contracting marriage between ‘Eed-ul-Fitr and ‘Eedul-Ad-haa or at any other day, it has no Shar‘ee (Islaamic legal) grounds. Rather, the Prophet (peace be upon him) is authentically reported to have contracted marriage with ‘Aa’ishah in Shawwaal and consummated the marriage in Shawwaal also. This is supported by the Hadeeth related by Imaam Muslim and others on the authority of `Urwah (may Allaah be pleased with him) who reported `Aa’ishah (may Allaah be pleased with her) as saying: “The Messenger of Allaah (peace be upon him) married me in Shawwaal and consummated the marriage with me in Shawwaal, and who among the wives of the Messenger of Allaah (peace be upon him) was more fortunate with him than I.” `Aa’ishah also liked that the women of her family should enter the houses as brides during the month of Shawwaal. (A similar Hadeeth was reported by Al-Tirmidee, Imaam Ahmad in his Musnad [Hadeeth compilation],Al-Nasaa’ee and ibn Majah)... read more here.

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