The word ‘Rukhsati’ is an Urdu word literally meaning farewell. The word is generally used when the bride leaves her home and her family and friends bids her farewell (Rukhsati)
A woman should always be accompanied by her husband or a Mahram when leaving the house. Thus, her newly-wed husband or a Mahram (e.g. her father) should accompany her to her new home.
Furthermore, the Rukhsati is an emotional occasion for the girl and her family. It is the official parting moments from her near and dear ones. This is not easy for the girl and her family. For the boy’s family, it is a happy occasion as the married couple is now officially together.
However, one should not stray from adhering to the Sunnah on these occasions. Shari’ah does not prohibit one expressing ones happiness on happy occasions but it does emphasize on adopting simplicity. Thus, the occasion of Rukhsati should not involve extravagance and should rather be done in a dignified and humble manner. It should also be void on any immoral customs and intermingling.
Checked and Approved by,
Mufti Ebrahim Desai.
فَلَمَّا كَانَ لَيْلَةَ الْبِنَاءِ، قَالَ: «لَا تُحْدِثْ شَيْئًا حَتَّى تَلْقَانِي» ، فَدَعَا رَسُولُ اللهِ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ بِمَاءٍ، فَتَوَضَّأَ مِنْهُ ثُمَّ أَفْرَغَهُ عَلَى عَلِيٍّ فَقَالَ: «اللهُمَّ بَارِكْ فِيهِمَا، وَبَارِكْ لَهُمَا فِي بِنَائِهما»