Giving the wife a gift on the wedding anniversary

Reference: Fataawa Mu’aasirah – Page 88-89

Question: Is it permissible for the husband to give his wife a gift in remembrance of their wedding day every year to renew the bond and love between them, keeping in mind that this remembrance is limited only to a gift and they will never hold a party for this occasion?

Response: That which I am of the opinion is that this door should be shut, because this year it will be a gift and the next year there could possibly be a party. Also, simply giving her a gift on this occasion every year amounts to an ‘eed [celebration], because an ‘eed is considered as something which recurrs.

And it is befitting that the bond and love [between a married couple] be renewed throughout the year, rather it should be renewed every time she sees in her husband that which pleases her and every time he sees in his wife that which pleases him, for indeed [by this] the bond and love will be renewed.

He is a graduate of the Islaamic University of Madeenah, having graduated from the Institute of Arabic Language, and later the Faculty of Sharee'ah in 2004. He currently resides in Birmingham, UK.

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