Taking a second wife secretly

Answered according to Hanafi Fiqh by

Q: Can a husband marry twice without the permission of his first wife because he does not have any children from his first wife?


A: The nikaah is valid, but we strongly discourage this on account of the numerous complications that come about due to secret nikaahs. If he needs to make a second nikaah then he should announce it fully.

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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