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Did My Friends’ Joke Nikkah Actually Make Me Married?

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Q: When I was in school, I had been in a relationship and for fun my friends wrote a nikaah naama which included all the details like my parents’ name, witnesses, lawyer, molvi (my friends pretended to be one of the characters). It even included the mahr. Then a female friend asked us separately if we accept each other as wife and husband thrice and we both said qubool hai 3 times. I had taken it as a joke and ignored it but now after several years, an aalimah I know told me that the nikkah was done at that time and I should either immediately tell my parents about this so that the nikaah would complete or ask the guy for divorce or else I would be doing a major sin. I want to confirm if I did get married or not.


A: If it was done in the presence of witnesses the nikaah is valid.

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

Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from MuftiOnline.co.za, 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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