Procedures For Correct Nikah

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I have been reading up on your site but I actually needed some help regarding Nikah procedures.  I hope you can help out.

I understand that for a Nikah to be done, 2 Muslim witnesses along with a Mahram for the bride must be present.

Now the problem is that myself and the bride are in Canada, and the parents are in Pakistan.  Can the Nikah still take place without a Mahram?  Myself and the bride are over 19.

What is the role of Wakeel?  Who is a Wakeel and how can someone be one?

Please if you can help out then email back.





If the girl’s parents give consent then you and the bride with two other males as witnesses may hold the gathering of Nikah. If the bride cannot present herself she can then appoint someone as her Wakeel (representative). This Wakeel will then accept the Nikah on her behalf. A non-Mahram can be her Wakeel as well, although appointing a relative as a Wakeel is much better.  

And Allah Ta’ala knows best

Mufti Muhammad Ashraf

Darul Iftaa

Jameah Mahmoodiyah


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28 June 2007

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