Concealing Previous Marriage

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Assalam I am very confused. I just found out that me best friend has been lying. She is very recently married to this muslim man but it just came to my attention that she has previously had a secret nikah with a married man and was his second wife!! She has not told her husband about this part of her life. I feel as though this is not right and her current husband has every right to know if she was previously someone else’s wife. I am inclined to tell her husband as I feel he is being betrayed and had I been in his shoes I would want someone to tell me.


In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.

We are equally confused about your question. You refer to the person as your best friend. How is it that you did not know of her previous marriage? How is it that “it just came” to your attention? That is unlikely in a best friend relationship.

How do you know that your best friend did not tell her husband about her past life? If you feel strongly about the husband being betrayed, why don’t you feel strongly about your best friend’s interests in inquiring from her directly and advising her? Why do you have to bypass her and speak directly to her husband? All these issues are also of concern to us!

You may revert to us at [email protected].

And Allah Ta‘ālā Knows Best.

Checked and Approved by:
Mufti Ebrahim Desai.

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