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Aoa . My question is that if a girl and a boy say Qabool hai to each other 3 times but they are joking . There is no gawah (witness) , no wali (girl’s guardian) , none of the family members of the girl or the boy know about it and it’s just a joke and it’s not their intention to do nikkah bit still they say Qabool hai thrice . Will they be considered husband and wife in the Sunni Islam ? And if so , how to separate ? Kindly answer it as soon as possible . Thanks a lot .


Wa’alaykum as Salam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu,

Nikah takes place with ‘Ijaab (offer) and Qabul (acceptance) in front of two witnesses.

In this case, since there was no Ijaab (offer), nor were there any witnesses, the Nikah is not valid.

It is not permissible for the boy and girl to maintain any relationship. If the boy desires, he may contact the male relatives of the girl and officially ask for her hand in marriage.

And Allaah Ta’aala knows best


Ismail Moosa (Mufti)

This answer was collected from Fatwaa.com which is an excellent Q&A site managed by Mufti Ismail Moosa from South Africa. .