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Marriage Without Formal NIKAH..?

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I’m in Love with a girl.I met her in another Country..there we slept togerther and had sex.. we accepted each other as husband and wife without any formal Nikah..and promised each other to do taht with our families..Now, what should we do..? she is still a part from me in another country.If thers is any Kafarah of this.?…Over there we didnot do Nikah because, i had a question i mind that what will we do infront of our family if we do Nikah now.. I mean.. Nikah Over Nikah, since we canot declare our marriage at this point of life…we Both are feeling sorry over all this we did.. and praying to GOD to forgive us..and hoping to do Niakh next time we meet. We both have changed our life styles according so shariah as husband and wife….. please advise as we both are worried for this…Thanks.


The mutual understanding and acceptance between you and the girl to be husband and wife without performing a Nikah is incorrect and therefore not married according to the Shari?ah.

The relationship was an adulterous one. If both of you continue with the relationship, it will still be an adulterous relationship which is Haraam (strictly prohibited). We advise that both of you repent to Allah and terminate your relationship. If both of you wish to be married, then perform Nikah according to the Shari?ah. Your changed lifestyle according to the Shari?ah will then be appreciated by Allah.

and Allah Ta’ala Knows Best

Mufti Ebrahim Desai

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