Can a womans maternal uncle be a guardian in marriage

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Can a woman’s [mothers brother] be a guardian in order for the marriage contract to be valid?



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

The wali of a girl in sequence is her:

  1. Father

  2. Grandfather

  3. Great-grandfather

  4. Blood brother

  5. Paternal brother

  6. Nephew

  7. Nephew’s son

  8. Nephew’s grandson

  9. Blood uncle.

(Fataawa Aalamgiri vol.1 pg.283 – Rashidiyya)

If the father is alive, he will be the wali. However, if he has passed away, the order will be passed down in the sequence.

Only Allah Ta’ala knows best

Ustadha Umm Abdullah

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