Widow getting married without the permission of her father

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1. Can a Muslim lady who is a widow and has a child from her first husband, enter into nikaah with a Muslim man without seeking permission from her father?

2. Can a Muslim married man, if he has the means, enter into nikaah with a Muslim woman without seeking permission from his existing wife?



1. In regard to the matter of nikah, a girl should not look for her own suitor and independently take any decision as this goes against shame and modesty. Rather she should allow her parents to decide in these matters.

2. On account of the abundant problems and complications that are found through performing secret marriages, we strongly discourage it. We insist that the marriage be publicized.

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


Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

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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