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410127/12/2007

Having a lengthy engagement period

Question: 105460

I have proposed marriage to the daughter of my maternal uncle, praise be to Allah, and we have got engaged. The engagement period has lasted for one year and three months, and up till now we have not done the marriage contract, but she is waiting for me. Until now I have not been able to acquire the money needed to get married. Is there any sin on me for this delay, and if there is any sin on me, please advise me as to what I must do?

Praise be to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon the Messenger of Allah and his family.

There is no sin on you for this delay, so long as it is due to you being in financial difficulty and working to accumulate enough money to cover the costs of getting married, because it is due to a valid excuse. But you should seek their pardon and tell them about the situation, and that you need some more time to accumulate what you need of money. If you tell them about that and they are okay with that, there is nothing wrong with that and there is no blame on you. What we advise people is not to burden the husband with costs of marriage that he cannot afford; rather they should be easygoing with regard to marriage and the mahr, and reduce the costs of marriage as much as possible. End quote.

And Allah knows best.

Majmoo‘ Fataawa ash-Shaykh Saalih al-Fawzaan (2/549).

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