What is the ruling of accepting invitations other than a Walima

Fatwa ID: 01687

Answered by Mufti Mohammed Tosir Miah

Question:

What is the ruling of accepting invitations other than a Walima

 Answer:

Bismillah

Saaiduna Abdullah Ibn Umar raḍyAllāhu 'anhu (may Allāh be pleased with him) narrates that the Prophet of Allah ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) has said, “The person who is invited amongst you by his brother should accept the invitation whether it is a wedding invitation or anything similar to it.” (Sahih Muslim p.462 v.1)

Saaiduna Jabir Ibn Abdullah raḍyAllāhu 'anhu (may Allāh be pleased with him) narrates that the Prophet of Allah ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) said, “If anyone of you is invited to partake of meals, he should at least accept the invitation. Thereafter he may partake of it if he desires or he may totally abstain from it.” (Sahih Muslim p.462 v.1)

In the Hanafi Fiqh, accepting a walima invitation is a Sunnah Muakkadah whereas it is desirable and sunnah to accept other invitations. 

Regarding your situation, it was not necessary for you to accept this invitation, therefore, you would not be considered sinful for failing to attend this invitation and going somewhere else.

Only Allah Knows Best

Mohammed Tosir Miah

Darul Ifta Birmingham

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