Wednesday, 23 January 2019

Secret marriages

Q: Is it permissible for a man and woman to make a secret nikaah without informing their parents and family?


A:  On account of the abundant problems and complications that are found through performing secret marriages, viz. suspicion being created in the minds of people regarding the man and woman whose nikaah has not been publicized or confusion and complications coming about in many masaa’il e.g. laws of inheritance in the case of death, the husband not being able to maintain equality between the wives in regard to their night turns, wealth and other aspects in the case where the woman is a second wife, etc.) we strongly discourage performing secret nikaahs. Therefore, in view of all these aspects, we strongly advise that the nikaah should be publicized.

And Allah Ta'ala (الله تعالى) knows best.

Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

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