Islamic Perspective on Sex (Part-21)

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If any conditions were placed in the marriage contract, they must be fulfilled and the husband or wife must abide by them. The Prophet (SM) said:
'The most rightful conditions one must fulfill are those that relate to marriage.'   (Bukhari)  
In order for happiness to spread, one must invite family and friends to a wedding banquet. Its purpose is to publicize the marriage.
Anas b. Malik (RA) said that Abdurrahman b. Auf (RA) came from Makkah to Madinah and the Prophet (SM) made a bond of brotherhood between him and Sa'd b. ar-Rabi al-Ansari. Al-Ansari had two wives, so he suggested that Abdurrahman take half, from his wives and property. Abdurrahman replied: 'May Allah bless you with your wives and property. Kindly show me the market.' So Abdurrahman went to the market and gained (in bargains) some dried yoghurt and some butter. After a few days the Prophet (SM) saw Abdurrahman with some yellow stains on his clothes and asked him, 'What is that O Abdurrahman?' He replied: 'I have married a woman from the Ansar.' The Prophet (SM) asked, 'How much Mahr (i.e. dowry) did you give her?' He replied:
'The weight of one date stone of gold.' The Prophet (SM) said:
'Offer a walimah [wedding banquet] even with one sheep.'   (Bukhari)  
One should not be wasteful and extravagant in this banquet. Allah (SWT) says:
(Verily the wasteful are brothers of the devils, and the devil is ever ungrateful to his Rubb.)  (17:27)
It is a must upon the person who is invited to attend the banquet, unless he has a valid reason. The Prophet (SM) said:
'Whoever is invited to a wedding banquet, should attend.'   
(Bukhari)  
The guests who attend the wedding banquet should supplicate for their hosts, as in the Hadeeth of the Prophet (SM):
اللهم اغْفِرْ لَهُمْ وارْحَمْهُم وبارِكْ لَهُمْ فيما رَزَقْتَهُم
Allaahummaghfir lahum warhamhom wa baarik lahom feemaa razaqtahom

'O Allah, forgive them, and have mercy on them, and bless them in that which You have provided them.'   (Ibn Hibban)  
The guests should also supplicate Allah for both the spouses saying:
بارَكَ اللهُ لَكَ وبارَك عَلَيْك وجَمَع بَيْنَكُما في خَيْر
Baarakal-laahu laka wa baaraka alaika wa jama’a bainakoma fee khair
'May Allah bless you both and gather you in goodness.'
(Haakim)  

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