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Can a Girl Get Married on Her Own?

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Can a Girl Get Married on Her Own?

By Mufti Ebrahim Desai


Q.) Can a girl get married by herself if elders and her parents do not take interest in her marriage? Does she have the right? What does Islam say about the age for her marriage?

A.) A girl has the right to get married on her own. However, Shari’ah has considered, for her own well being, that a guardian see to her marriage, etc. If her guardians do not take interest in her, she should consult some other close relative to find her a suitable marriage partner.

Nabi Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam said, ‘Do not delay in two things; The Janaaza Salat when the bier is ready and the marriage of a single woman.’

Therefore, as soon as a female reaches a marriageable age, she should get married.

And Allah Ta’ala Knows Best

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