Taking a second wife without taking permission from the first wife

Answered according to Hanafi Fiqh by

Q: If a man wants to marry another woman can he marry without permission from the first wife? If she doesn’t give permission and he marries the other woman anyway is it a sin?


A: The nikaah will be valid. It is totally against the sunnat to get into a secret nikaah. The nikaah must be announced and publicized and without publicizing and announcing the nikaah one is exposing himself to a lot of complications and suspicions.

And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.


Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from, where the questions have been answered by Mufti Zakaria Makada (Hafizahullah), who is currently a senior lecturer in the science of Hadith and Fiqh at Madrasah Ta’leemuddeen, Isipingo Beach, South Africa.

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