Q: Some years ago I had a secret nikah with a guy because our parents were not ready for marriage at that time. In all there were 4 person at the time of nikah which included groom and bride and 2 witnesses and nikah was performed inside a car and in hustle situation and meanwhile during the nikah one of the witnesses had to drive the car as well and it wasn’t feasible for us to stay at one place because we all were afraid. After a week the same witness who had to drive the car asked the groom that he isn’t sure about words of acceptance of the groom so he told him that nikah should be performed again but we didn’t pay much heed to it. With the passage of time the guy divorced me first with a single divorce then with thr other 2 total of 3. We truly want to get married and our parents are ready for our marriage this time. Now we are in doubt that weather the previous nikaah was valid because the witness on his own without any influence from any one before the divorce had told us the he wasn’t able to witness the marriage. Kindly tell us was our nikah valid or not?
A: The previous nikaah was valid, Hence, the divorces are counted.
And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.
Mufti Zakaria Makada
Checked & Approved:
Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)