Is couples allowed to marry wivout any witness.

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One of our brothers/sisters has asked this question:

Is couples allowed to marry wivout any witness apart from their parents knowing whn they dnt live in da same country.this cuz to prevent any kind of sins and to forbid any bad curcumstances from both sides.i mean can oaths exchange between both of them...?


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Conditions of marriage nikaah

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Dear and beloved brother in Islam, the absolutely obligatory conditions for a marriage or ‘nikaah’ to be deemed lawful in the Sight of Shariah and of Allah Subhanah are:

  1. Proposal by one party and acceptance by the other.
  2. The determination of ‘mehr’ for the bride.
  3. The availability of at least two witnesses to the marriage contract.
  4. The consent of the parents/guardians of the bride.


If even one of the above four obligatory conditions of a ‘nikaah’ are not honored, the marriage will not be deemed lawful in the Sight of Shariah Law and of Allah Subhanah.


Unless and until all the four above listed obligatory conditions of ‘nikaah’ are honored, the mere exchange of ‘oaths’ between the couple by itself would not constitute a lawful ‘nikaah’ in the Sight of Shariah Law or of Allah Subhanah, regardless of whether or not such exchange of ‘oaths’ was done with the knowledge or consent of the parents.


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Your brother and well wisher in Islam,





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