Publicizing a Nikah

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Q. My fiancée is a foreigner and I am a local South African? My fiancée wishes to make Nikah with me secretly? Is it correct to make Nikah secretly in Islam?

A. After a potential couple decides to get married, the Nikah of both couples should be announced and made known to the people. Consider the following Hadeeth:

Rasoolullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam said: “Publicize the Nikah.” (Musnad Ahmad)

Furthermore, if a couple decides to make Nikah secretly, there are many challenges and consequences they will be faced with:

– The couple will not freely interact with each other as they would want to conceal their Nikah/marriage. This defeats the purpose of a Nikah.

– The couple will not be free of accusations of an illicit relationship when seen in public.

– Pregnancy with its consequences and many more consequences…..

Therefore, the Nikah should not be done secretly. It should be publicized.

Allah Ta’ala Knows Best

Mufti Ismaeel Bassa

This answer was collected from TheMufti.com, which is a fatwa portal managed by Mufti Ismaeel Bassa from South Africa.