Neglecting the Walimah

Q: If a young Muslim man marries without holding a Walimah (wedding dinner), has he committed a sin or not? Is it one of the obligatory conditions to contract a marriage?

A: Holding a Walimah is legislated for a wedding, as the Prophet (peace be upon him) said to `Abdul-Rahman ibn `Awf, “Hold a Walimah, even with one sheep.” However, refraining from holding one has no effect on the validity of a marriage contract. May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.