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Can a Muslim be an Official Witness to a Non Muslim Marriage?

Answered as per Hanafi Fiqh by Mathabah.org

Answered by Shaykh Yusuf Badat


One of my close non-Muslim friends is getting a nikā done with a Shi’ā girl. He wants me to be his witness. Is this permissible?


بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمنِ الرَّحِيْم

In the name of Allāh, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

Jazāk Allāh Khayr/ Thank you for contacting Mathabah Institute.

Being a witness for the paperwork of a non-muslim couple’s marriage, to legally register their marriage in a non-muslim country is mubā (allowed). 

Where the matter becomes questionable and impermissible is being a witness for an islamicaly prohibited event such as a muslim woman marrying a non-muslim man. The Almighty instructs that we assist one another in good actions, not prohibited actions. 

“Cooperate in righteousness and piety, but do not cooperate in sin and transgression. Be mindful of Allāh.” – (Qur’ān 5:2)

Only Allāh knows best

وَتَعَاوَنُوا عَلَى الْبِرِّ وَالتَّقْوَىٰ وَلَا تَعَاوَنُوا عَلَى الْإِثْمِ وَالْعُدْوَانِ وَاتَّقُوا اللَّهَ – المائدة ٢

This answer was collected from Mathabah.org. It’s an Islamic educational institute based in Canada. The questions are generally answered by Sheikh Yusuf Badat and Sheikh Omar Subedar.