Nikah by Declaring in front of Family Members

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Answered by: Alimah Siddiqa al-Farsiyyah


I have accepted someone as my husband and he has accepted me as his wife. We both said this many times in front of our relatives and other people. However, our families don’t allow us to marry. So my question is, Nikah is the acceptance of the male and female is it not?

بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمنِ الرَّحِيْم

In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful


If two mature Muslims, willingly do the offer and acceptance (ijaab & qubool), in the presence of at least two sane Muslim males or two females and one male, then the nikah is valid.[1]

Only Allah knows best

Written by Alimah Siddiqa al-Farsiyyah

Checked and approved by Mufti Mohammed Tosir Miah

Darul Ifta Birmingham


[1] Fatawa al-Hindiyyah 1/332, al-Maktabah al-Faisal / Raddul Muhtaar 4/150, al-Maktabah al-Ashrafiyyah / Fatawa Qadi Khan 1/202 al-Maktabah al-Faisal

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