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Marriage in the month of Shawwal

Question:

What is the ruling of getting married in the Islamic month of Shawwal. I have heard from people that it is Makruh (disliked)?

Answer:

All praises are for Allah (the almighty) and salutation upon his beloved Prophet ﷺ

Marrying in the month of Shawwal is not Makruh (disliked). In fact, it is desirable to marry in the month of Shawwal this is because Lady Aisha said,  “the Prophet ﷺ  contracted marriage with me in Shawwal and took me to his house as a bride during Shawwal. Who among the wives of Allah’s Messenger ﷺ  was dearer to him than I, and Lady Aisha liked that the women (of her family) should enter the houses as brides during the month of Shawwal. (Sahih al-Muslim)

Imam Nawawi in his commentary of this hadith states, “This hadith shows that it is virtue to get married and consummate the marriage in Shawwal. Our scholars (from the Shafi school) have considered this Mustahab (desirable) based upon this hadith. The reason why Lady Aisha said this was to remove doubts from people who thought that marriage was disliked in Shawwal. This idea that marriage is not allowed in Shawwal is absolutely wrong and a sign of pre-Islamic ignorance, as people thought this was a sign of bad luck.” (Sharh Sahih al-Muslim, 9:209)

The famous Hanafi jurist states, “to marry and consummate the marriage is permissible between the two Eids (referring to the months of Shawwal, Dhul Qi’dah and Dhul Hijjah). Some have stated that Ruksati (when the bride leaves her home) is disliked, however the current position is that even this is not disliked because the hadith state that the Prophet ﷺ married Lady Aisha and consummated his marriage in Shawwal. So, marrying in Shawwal is considered a virtue, and there is nothing dislikeable.

And Allah knows best.

Dr Musharraf Hussain Al-Azhari
Director of British Fatwa Council