Nikah at Gunpoint - Is It Valid?
  • Question:

    If a girl is forced to go into marriage at gunpoint by her parents and brother, is that nikah valid?

    Assalamu Alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh

    Thank you for your question.

    It is not permissible to force anyone into a marriage. Consent of the both partners is mandatory for the marriage to be valid.

    “A previously married woman has more right regarding herself than her guardian, and the permission of a virgin must be sought (for marriage)” (Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim)

    “A young woman came to the Prophet (peace and blessings upon him) and told him that her father had married her off against her will. The Prophet (peace and blessings of upon him) gave her the choice (to nullify the marriage or stay in the marriage)” (Sunan Abī Dawūd)

    “It is not permissible for the guardian to force a sane mature virgin woman to marry… if she refuses (to marry someone), she cannot be made to marry” (Mukhtaṣar al Qudūrī)

    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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