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Performing Secret Marriage

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Q: I would like to know if it is permissible to make Nikah twice to the same person? We are to be wed at the end of the year. But to safe guard us from any wrong doing and for Allah’s mercy can we perform Nikah now and then again at the end of the year when our family comes down?

A: Although permissible, it will be best to patiently wait for the chosen time.

Let’s look at the broader picture here. If Nikah is made now then this will be the actual Nikah and the second will be a mere formality.

If Nikah is done now and people are not aware of the Nikah, although after the first Nikah it will be permissible for both of you to be together, people are not aware that Nikah has been made. This will cause them to accuse and doubt you and Shari’ah has discouraged us from going to such places and doing such actions whereby a person can be maligned. You will be the cause of them thinking ill of you because you created this situation and this is not advisable. Although your intentions are noble and you want to save yourself from sin, you are not allowed to create situations whereby you can be accused. If this can be overcome, then it will be okay.

Our advice is that you either bring the official time of the Nikah forward or adopt patience while observing the laws of Shari’ah with regard to Purdah from her, etc.

May Allah Ta’aala guide the entire Ummah, Aameen.

Mufti Siraj Desai

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