Boy and girl simulating the proposal and acceptance of nikaah in a theatre play

Q: As part of a theatre play, a man proposes to a women and she accepts. Muslims are present in the audience. Will the nikah take place in real-life?


A: It is haraam in Islam for strange men to freely and casually communicate with strange women. These type of plays are totally against the teachings of Islam. If a nikah was performed in this way, then all present will be sinful for violating the laws of Islam and not observing purdah. However, if this was carried out in the presence of two Muslim, baaligh, sane, male witnesses or one Muslim baaligh, sane male witness and two Muslim baaligh, sane female witnesses, the nikah will be valid.

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

قال ولا ينعقد نكاح المسلمين إلا بحضور شاهدين حرين عاقلين بالغين مسلمين رجلين أو رجل وامرأتين عدولا كانوا أو غير عدول أو محدودين في القذف قال رضي الله عنه اعلم أن الشهادة شرط في باب النكاح لقوله عليه الصلاة والسلام لا نكاح إلا بشهود. (الهداية 2/306)

Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)