[Q-ID0395] What is the ruling on performing the Nikah in secret?


What do the scholars of the Din and muftis of the Sacred Law state regarding the following issue: Is nikah (marriage) valid when done secretly after engagement. Meaning, the nikah is performed secretly, without letting everyone know, later when the date for marriage is decided by the family members, then the nikah is done again with a ceremony and walimah (wedding banquet), by inviting everyone.   

Questioner: Ahmad and Uthman from UK


بسم اللہ الرحمن الرحیم
الجواب بعون الملک الوھاب اللھم ھدایۃ الحق والصواب

If the bride and groom, secretly, without letting everyone know, and in the presence of two witnesses, do ijab (willing consent) and qubul (acceptance), the nikah is done. After this nikah, a publicised nikah with the same woman is permissible.

In our day and age, the privacy between a boy and a girl is over soon after they are engaged. The boy takes the girl to parties and they meet up with each other innumerable times. They commit many sins. Thus, considering all of this, it is better to conduct a nikah, in the presence of two witnesses, along with the engagement. Later, a marriage ceremony—without the squandering of moneycan be conducted on the decided date.

واللہ تعالی اعلم ورسولہ اعلم صلی اللہ علیہ وآلہ وسلم
کتبہ ابو الحسن محمد قاسم ضیاء قادری

Answered by Mufti Qasim Zia al-Qadri
Translated by the SeekersPath team

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