Questioner: Is it permissible to delay the marriage banquet for few years after the marriage contract?
Dr Sharof: After the marriage contract! Why do you want to delay the marriage banquet? Do it as early as possible. Do not lavish your money; do whatever you are capable of doing. There are people who delay it saying it would be combined with the ‘aqeeqoh; what if Allaah does not make you live till that time? If a concoction of garri (cassava flakes) and water plus kuli kuli (roasted peanuts made into paste and mixed with spices, salt and sometimes ground pepper, then made into a desired shape) is available, by Allaah, it suffices as the marriage banquet if there is love amongst the people. Let them take your case as the first example (of such lovely gathering).
The Congregation: Laughing mode activated!
Dr Sharof: There is no problem about this. Na’am.
[SOURCE: “CONCEPT OF NIKAAH”, tape 5]
Translated by Aboo Aaishah Al Odeomeey