Question: Should one accept an invite to a wedding celebration or walīmah where there are sins taking place and free-mixing?
Answer: If the invited person is capable (in terms of knowledge and station among his people) and attends to advise and prevent the sins, then he can attend for that purpose, otherwise he must not go―and it is not allowed to accept an invite to such a celebration even if he sits far away because this celebration incites fitnah (trials) and is not free from evil. Therefore, to accept the invitation is a type of participation with them in sin, and to be pleased along with them whilst remaining silent as those around him commit acts of disobedience.
See Al-Jāmi’ fī Fiqhil-‘Allāmah Ibn Bāz (p. 899).
Wedding celebrations that are considered sinful:
- The playing of music or hired musicians.
- Free mixing between the sexes.
- A stage where the bride and groom sit together in front of the guests (so that men can see the bride or the groom can see unrelated women).
- Where videos are made of the wedding.
- Where photographers take pictures of those in attendance and especially of women.
- Where alcohol is served.
- Where dancers are hired.