Answered by: Maulana Tahsin Alam
A woman says, ‘Raheem husband’ in a room. Now Raheem was in the adjacent room. If Raheem said qubool in the other room, will that make a marriage? The woman did not hear Raheem saying the qubool. She just thinks what if Raheem might have said the qubool. There were two women in the room with the woman who also didn’t hear Raheem saying the qubool. And there was a man with Raheem in the adjacent room. What the woman said, does that count as ijaab of marriage?
If the woman intended by her words a proposal of marriage, that will count as an ijaab (proposal of marriage). The nikah will not be valid in such a situation as the witnesses did not hear both the ijaab and qubool (acceptance of marriage) which is a condition for the validity of a nikah.
Only Allah SWT knows best
Written by Maulana Tahsin Alam
Checked and approved by Mufti Mohammed Tosir Miah
Darul Ifta Birmingham
Ibn Humam, Fathul Qadeer (Deoband: Maktabah Ashrafiyah, n.d.) volume 3 pg. 189-190.