Marriage - Conditions for A Nikah
  • Question:

    If a girl and boy accept each other as husband and wife with only Allah as a witness, is that considered a valid nikah.

    Assalamu Alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh

    Thank you for your question.

    Thank you for your question. In order for an Islamic nikāḥ/ marriage to be valid, the following conditions are required:

    • Consent of both parties marrying (offer and acceptance)
    • At least two witnesses
    • Bridal gift (mahr) from the groom to the bride
    • Permission for the bride from her guardian

    Since the above mentioned conditions are not found in the described scenario, such a marriage would be incomplete and invalid.

    And Allah knows best.

    Answered by Shaykh Yusuf Badat
    Hadith of the Day Imam
    Imam of the Islamic Foundation of Toronto and Director of Mathabah Institute
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