Message No : 19Sr.No : 304/722
Question By : sister

dear brother,
i had earlier asked you about the possibility of interacting with my fiance....but since we had already interacted and would like to carry out the same...can we go ahead with Nikah...
i mean we are to get married in April but since our interaction is a sin and that we also want to carry it further can we just perform Nikah and do so...
we both are adults and our families know about is only due to convenience of others that our marriage is so delayed...we are Allah fearing and thats why want to follow the right path
kindly guide me into this matter that if nikah performed...can we still formally get married out in a more community favoring manner in April.


Reply By : Mohd. Shihabuddin Qasmi
Designation : Mufti, ODI, MMERC, Mumbai 

(Note: Due to the death of my father, I went on leave from Dec 23, 2005 to Feb 06, 2006. So we apologize for any inconvenience caused by the late posting of the answer.)

In the name of Allah, All Gracious, All Merciful
Wa Alaikumossalam
Dear Brother in Islam,
The answer to your question is as follows:

It is not permissible for a Muslim girl to interact with her fianc¨¦ without performing proper Nikaah in the presence of the required witnesses (two matured Muslim men or one man and two women). The witnesses must listen to the Ijaab (offer) and Qabul (acceptance) of the couple. (Raddul Muhtaar Ala Durril Mukhtaar, Published by Maktaba-e- Rashidah Vol: 2 Page: 319)

As far as the matter of performing Nikaah once again, in public gathering is concerned, it should be carried in mind that Nikaah is a sacred relation establishes with the mutual consent of the two partners and through an open declaration. Therefore, it should not be performed secretly but it should be solemnized before a large gathering such as after Jumua¡¯h Salaah in Jame Masjid so that the Nikaah may be publicized worldwide and the meeting of the couple would be beyond reproach.

And Allah knows the best,

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