"Walima" ( _ar. وليمة), or the
marriagebanquet, is one of the two traditional parts of an Islamicwedding. The "walima" is performed after the " nikah", or marriage ceremony. The word "walima" is derived from "walam", meaning to gather or assemble. It designates a feast in classical Arabicand newspaper Arabic. "Walima" is used as a symbol to show domestic felicity in the household post-marriage. In Modern Arabic the word "ʿurs" عرس is used for "wedding".
Debate: The Time of "Walima"
Scholars have different views on what the correct time of "walima" is; for example some believe it should take place
* at the time of the wedding contract "(nikah)"
* after "nikah" and prior to consummation
* at the time of the wedding procession (Ibn Hajar, Fath al-Bari, 9/287)
* after consummation (but this is not a certainty)
Islamic view of marriage
* [http://www.central-mosque.com/fiqh/walima.htm The Fiqh Of Walima]
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