The prominent Muslim scholar, Sheikh Muhammad Iqbal Nadvi, Director and Imam of Al-Falah Islamic Center, Oakville, Ontario, Canada , states: When couples sign the marriage contract, they become husband and wife in the full sense of the word. The issue of consummation is a cultural practice that you both agreed to it, but as far as Islam is concerned, you are considered married and all the marriage rights and obligations are assigned to you.