Is it makrooh to leave a long interval between the marriage contract and consummation of the marriage?
Praise be to Allaah.
put this question to Shaykh Muhammad ibn Saalih al-‘Uthaymeen, may Allaah
preserve him, who answered as follows:
It is not makrooh,
because the Prophet (peace and
blessings of Allaah be upon him) concluded the marriage contract with
‘Aa’ishah when she was six years old, and consummated the marriage with
her when she was nine. The prospective husband may do that sometimes
because he is keen to get married and is afraid that the woman or her
family may change their minds, so he hastens to conclude the marriage
contract. There is nothing wrong with that from the point of view of
sharee’ah, but I think that the marriage contract should be concluded
at the same time as the marriage is to be consummated, or shortly before,
because that helps to avoid problems that may arise, such as differences
that lead to divorce, or death of one of the spouses, etc… And Allaah
is the source of strength.