Answered by Shaykh Shuaib Ally
Question: As salam alaykum,
I am planning on getting married this year and planning on getting the marriage contract (Nikah) done at the mosque. Is there any preferred time of the day for this?
I pray that you are well. Congratulations on your upcoming wedding.
Scholars mention that it is preferred to perform the Nikah during the month of Shawwāl, the month following Ramadan.
Within that month, it is preferred to perform it on Fridays, because they are for us the most blessed of days.
Within that day, scholars mention two different preferred times. Some mention that it is preferred to perform it early in the morning, because the Prophet, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, said, ‘Lord, bless my community during the early part of the day’ [Iʿānat al-Tālibīn]. Others hold that its preferred time is the eve of Friday [what we would refer to as Thursday night]. This is because the Prophet, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, is reported to have said, ‘Take possession of your wives in the evening, as it is more blessed’ [al-Mughnī].
Other than this, it is permissible to perform it at any time of the day or night.
May Allah facilitate your affairs.