Secret nikaah

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Q: I was secretly married to my husband since 2009. Till then I meet him at his home, where his mother also stays but she doesn’t have any idea. We enter his home secretly. Sometimes his brother helps us but as it is so many years his mother knows (we believe) I go to their place secretly but doesn’t say anything. Is it right for me to continue this act? I am ashamed of it but he is my husband and I can’t say no to him. He told me he would marry me soon, may be this year. I need your advice.


A: This way is totally against the sunnat. A nikaah is supposed to be announced and made known to all and sundry and he is supposed to be providing shelter for you. This is an extremely uncultured way.

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


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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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