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Is a bring and share Walima permissible?

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Nasihah (Advice): Dispelling evil thoughts from the minds of people

Sayyidatuna Safiyya Bint Huyai Radhiyallahu Anha says:

“I came to visit Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam at night while he was in the state of I’tikaf (seclusion) (in the Masjid during the last ten days of Ramadan). After having talked to him, I got up to return. He also got up with me and accompanied me a part of the way. At that moment two Ansari men passed by. When they saw him they quickened their pace.

Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam said to them, ‘Do not hurry. She is Safiya, daughter of Huyai, my wife.’ They said, ‘Subhan Allah! O Messenger of Allah! (You are far away from any suspicion)’ He replied, ‘Shaitaan circulates in a person like blood (in the blood streams). I feared lest Shaitaan should plant some evil thoughts in your minds.’ (Muslim)

Question and Answer:

Q. Is a bring and share Walima permissible where every person brings food to share at a Walima?

(Question published as received)

A. There is no prohibition in bringing and sharing food at a Walima to assist the groom or his family in hosting a Walima. This following is part of a Hadith relating to Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam’s marriage to Sayyidatuna Safiyya Radhiyallahu Anha as recorded in Sahih Bukhari:   Sayyiduna Abdul Azzi Bin Suhaib Radhiyallahu Anhu reports from Sayyiduna Anas Radhiyallahu Anhu, “…, whilst on the way, Umm Sulaim Radhiyallahu Anha dressed her (Sayyidatuna Safiyya Radhiyallahu Anha) for the marriage (ceremony) and at night sent her as a bride to Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam.

Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi wa Sallam said, ‘Whoever has anything (food) should bring it.’ He spread out a leather sheet (for the food) and some brought dates and others brought butter. So they prepared a dish of Hais (a kind of meal) and that was the Walima (the marriage banquet) of Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam!  

And Allah Ta’ala Knows Best

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