Q: With consent from my parents and siblings, and my husbands entire family (but not his father), I had my Nikkah in November last year. As soon as we announced to my father in law, he was over the moon and incredibly happy. Some realtives also knew about the nikaah beforehand as they arranged our marriage. The Nikaah was beautifully done at the mosque in front of witnesses and my mother and sister. After the Nikaah my parents announced it to other relatives and friends. I and my family received a lot of backlash.
My question is, Islamically did we do any wrong in keeping the nikaah discreet from noise and simplifying it as best as we could? I have received love from my in-laws and family members who were generally happy. Some relatives and family members may forever hold a grudge of some sort. For my own contentment, I wanted to ask if I did anything wrong or were there any mistakes in hiding it from certain family members?
A: There is nothing wrong. In fact, to do the nikaah in a simple way and according to the sunnat is a cause for immense barkat and prosperity.
And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.
Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)