The World Federation One Stop Fiqh

Ask an Alim

Is it allowed to do nikah in the month of muharram

Is it allowed to do nikah in the month of  muharram

If conditions to perform nikah are not normal.


Salamun Alaykum

Thank you for your query. I didn’t get the second part of your question but will answer the main question regarding Nikah in the month of Muharram.


Though basically marriage is allowed at all times, there are some days on which marriage is not recommended; some of these are based on ahadith and some on cultural, historical reasons.

Generally, we can categorize these days into:

(a) There are some ahadith which say that it is makruh (not recommended) to have a marriage ceremony on the days when the moon is in the constellation of Scorpio (this is known as al-qamar fil aqrab or qamar dar aqrab), during the last two or three days of the lunar months.

(b) There are certain days of the Islamic calendar which have become associated with the early events of the Islamic history; for example, the 10th of Muharram is the day of mourning for the massacre at Karbala or the day of the Prophet (saww)’s death in Safar, etc. Since, such days are commemorated by the Muslims as days of mourning, it is socially and, to some extent, religiously not recommended to have a marriage ceremony on such days.

The Shias (Twelver Shi’ahs), especially in India and Pakistan, rarely perform marriage ceremony between the 1st of Muharram and the 8th of Rabi al-Awwal as this period includes the mourning days of Muharram culminating in the martyrdom of Imam Askari (A.S.). The 9th Rabi al-Awwal is celebrated as Eid-e-Zahra.

If there is a need, however, Nikah can be performed at any time.

If conditions are such that a person has only month of Muharram to perform Nikah(due to any circumstances), then the person can do it without celebrating and keep the joyful moments such as walima etc for after Muharram.

The Mujtahideen say there is no problem in holding these kind of ceremonies if it is not accompanied with sins or desecration or disrespect of Imam Hussain(as). But it is for the believers to respect the sanctity of these days and to refrain from doing joyful deeds .

What has reached us through the narrations from Imams, shows that in the first ten days of Muharram, the celebrations and happiness has been condemned. The Imams would commemorate these days in the remembrance of martyrdom of Imam Hussain(as). As it has been narrated from Imam Raza (as): When the month of Muharram used to come, no one would see my father (Imam Kadhim) smiling. Sorrow and grief used to prevail over him until the tenth day, and when the day of Ashura used to come, that day, it was the day of his sorrow and grief and he used to cry and say: Today is the day that Hussain (as) was martyred.

In these months a person mourns for the death of Imam Hussain(as) so it would be very disrespectful to Imam Hussain and his family including the Prophet to celebrate and have fun on a day where you should be mourning.

Thus, we avoid and dislike any celebrations in these months(Muharram & Safar) but unfortunately, we see there are some people who dislike the progeny of our beloved Prophet(saww) and intentionally keep these sort of celebrations for these months which is condemned.


May Allah(swt) grant you success


Syed Haider