Is it permissible to wear a “walimah / wedding” dress?

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Question:

Is it permissible to wear a “walimah / wedding” dress?

Answer:

In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.

A wedding and walimah are happy occasions and recognised as such in Sharia. In principle, Sharia encourages one to rejoice on happy occasions. Wearing the best of attire on such occasions is one way of expressing this joy and happiness.

It is permissible to express happiness during walimah and wedding by wearing a walimah/ wedding dress[1]. However, in doing so, one should be careful in not violating the injunctions of Sharia[2] and not imitating the modern forms of celebrating weddings including purchasing or hiring expensive wedding gowns that also resemble the weddings of the disbelievers[3].

And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best

 

Checked and Approved by,
Mufti Ebrahim Desai.

 


[1] لا بأس بلبس الثياب الجميلة إذا كان لا ينكر عليه فيه

[Al-Bahr ar-Ra`iq, 8: 349, Maktabah Rashidiyyah]

[2] It should not be revealing and worn before a ghayr mahram (with whom marriage is prohibited)

وعلى هذا لا يحل النظر إلى عورة غيره فوق ثوب ملتزق بها يصف حجمها: فيحمل ما مرّ على ما إذا لم يصف حجمها

[Radd al-Muhtar ala ad-Durr al-Mukhtar, 6: 366, H. M. Saeed Company]

[Fatawa Mahmudiyyah, 19: 309 & 317, Dar al-Iftaa Jamiah Faruqiyyah, Karachi]

يا بني آدم خذوا زينتكم عند كل مسجد وكلوا واشربوا ولا تسرفوا إنه لا يحب المسرفين

[Al-Qur`an, 7: 31]

[3] عن ابن عمر قال قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم: من تشبّه بقوم فهو منهم

[Sunan Abi Dawud, 4: 44, al-Maktabah al-Asariyyah; Mishkat al-Masabih, 1: 375, Qadimi Kutub Khana]

[Fatawa Mahmudiyyah, 19: 307, 314 & 317, Dar al-Iftaa Jamiah Faruqiyyah, Karachi]

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