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delay Nikaah or delay consummation?

Last updated: 8th August 2006
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in the scenario that a marriage partner is found and they wish to delay consummation of marriage for a short time period such as a year..

is it perferable to get get enagged and wait an year for nikah? or have nikah now and consummate the marriage by starting to live together in a year later?


Al-jawab billahi at-taufeeq (the answer with Allah's guidance)

Engagements in Islam is permissible. However, One is not allowed to meet or talk after the engagement. The purpose of engagements is a promise and confirmation to marry. At that stage, the boy and girl are still strangers to one another in that they cannot communicate with one another. Hence, Interaction between a non-mahram man and woman are not acceptable in Islam.

Also, there is no point in having a prolonged engagement, it is better to perform the Nikah as soon as possible and then one can therefore, interact in a 'Halal' atmosphere.

And Only Allah Ta'ala Knows Best.

Answer last updated on:
21st May 2008
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Ulamaa ID 04
Location: London