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No evidence of marriage – Am I married or not?

Is My Nikah Valid?

I am sunni girl and married (Nikah) with one Shia Man.

The problem is that I have no evidence of being married except the Molvi who read the Nikah Khutba.  Who that was I don't know.

Is this Nikah is valid?

Please let me know ASAP.

- Gemini76

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  1. Salamu'alaikum,

    If you accepted the Nikaah with the man concerned, and your Wali agreed to this along with the witnesses, and there was a Mahr given, then I do not think there is any reason why this Nikaah should be invalid.
    But in absence of a Wali, the answer could be the otherwise.

    Additionally, it is well known that most of the Shi'i 'Aqaaid are null and void, and they are contrary of the Qur'aan and the Sunnah. So, if any of the man's 'Aqaaid make him exit the fold of Islam, then I would say that he does not deserve a Muslimah, and hence, the Nikah invalid, and Allah 'Izza wa Jall knows Best. (This is not a Scholarly opinion, though)

    Muhammad Waseem
    IslamicAnswers.com Editor

    • Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said, according to the hadeeth narrated by ‘Aa’ishah (May Allah be Pleased with her): “Any woman who gets married without a wali, her marriage is invalid, invalid, invalid.” Narrated by al-Tirmidhi, 1102; classed as hasan by Abu Dawood, 2083; Ibn Maajah, 1879.

      Muhammad Waseem
      IslamicAnswers.com Editor

  2. Go to a SUNNi mosque explain to the imam your situation and take his opinion and take it from there

  3. IF THERE WERE NOT WITNESS RATHER THEN MULLAH THEN NIKAH IS INVALID...BECAUSE THERE SHOULD BE WITNESSES AND UR WALI...THEY SHOULD BE THERE IN SITUATION LIKE URS IF U ARE NOT SURE THEY WOULD TELL U...

    IF U ARE FEEL INSECURE DONT HAVE ANYTHING SEXUAL WITH THIS MAN AND WAIT TILL U GET UR ANSWEAR SORRY TO SAY BUT MANY BROTHERS USES A PURE NIKAH AS GAME JAN...DONT HIDE MARRY ANYBODY GIRL MY ADVICE I HAVE BEEN THERE NOTHING GOOD WILL COME OUT OF IT TRUST ME....

    ALLAH MAY HELP U

  4. Salam Alaikum.
    Bismillahir RahmanirRaheem

    You know it seems more and more that this website is somehow
    against the Shia school of thought.
    Brother Muhammad Waseem.
    I AM A SHIA MUSLIM and
    nowhere in our school of thought is there any aspect
    that contradicts the Holy Qur'an or the Sunnah
    of our Holy Prophet Muhammad (saaw).
    Sister Gemini76 I'm going to give you
    the opinion of the followers of
    the Jafari school of Islamic thought aka
    the Shia Muslims.
    Weather or not you accept it is up to you.
    According to the Jafari school
    there is
    no need to have any witnesses during
    the Nikkah ceremony.
    its optional.
    ALLAH (swt) is the witness and
    HE (swt) is the one who will
    bless your marriage.

    If you want you can ask your husband to do
    a Nikah at your local mosque with an
    Imam and witnesses.
    But just to let you know
    YES your Nikah is valid.
    And YES the Shia school of thought
    is a
    perfectly good Muslim madhab to follow.
    Don't listen to rumors about people
    who only desire
    to create disunity.
    So there you go my dear sister.
    Congratulations on your marriage.
    May ALLAH (swt) bless you
    and your husband.
    If you have any more questions
    don't hesitate to ask.
    Salam Alaikum.

    • Jazak Allah khayr Nawid for sharing your opinion.

      We accept and respect our Shiah brothers and sisters. However, we cannot pretend that there are not major differences in fiqh between Sunni and Shiah. The Shiah reject all hadith that are narrated by certain of the Sahabah, and for the most part rely only on the hadith narrated through the ahl-ul-bayt. Therefore there are many authentic narrations used in Sunni fiqh that are not used in Shiah fiqh.

      The Messenger of Allah (upon him be peace) said, "There is no marriage without a wali and two upright witnesses… (Ibn Hibban). Although all those present could potentially be witnesses, it is better to have two formal witnesses who sign the marriage contract and can be called upon in the event of any problems.

      Therefore, according to Sunni scholars, the presence of at least two witnesses is one of the requirements for nikah. There is no secret marriage in Islam. This is one of the things that differentiates marriage from an illicit affair. Making the marriage known presents the spread of rumors and false accusations.

      Wael
      IslamicAnswers.com Editor

    • Nice answer about Allah is the witness. Very powerful and the only true certainty. People forget that these rules are laid down because almost all people would try to change the rules if there was room for them to change it. In truth its really Allah who decides whats going on based on His knowledge which is 100%. So many people talking about others doing it the wrong way. Youre doing it wrong! Youre doing it wrong! You dont do it like that!!! Why does she cover only half her head! This instead of unity, forgiveness, understanding, love, making things right, guiding people. All these righteous people defending whats right because they want to prove theyre on the right path by putting people in their place? If a person wants to help others they must first learn to help themself.

      To the person who said it is better to have such and such witnesses to avoid rumors? Imagine if you were advising people in Maryams time? Should Maryam have spoken up to avoid the rumors? I mean she could have been killed for remaining silent about her pregnancy and endangered Isas life. Thats just an exception right cuz Allah gave her an order and not something we should factor into developing the right answers? I think the better advice would be to just say sunni have their rules and shia have theirs and Allah will decide the truth between them instead of biased conjecturing about a marriage versus illicit affair.

  5. Assalamu alaikum,

    Congratulations on your marriage! I am just very confused as to how you have doubts about it now...

    To answer the brother who replied previously stating Shi'a's do not need witnesses, this is false. My father is a Shi'a scholars and my grandfathers are both famous Shi'a ulama working under the risala of Sayed Sistani (RA), and the wedding needs witnesses as does the Sunni one. We have many hadiths on this, and the one brother Wael posted is the same hadith we have in the Shi'a sect that is deemed authentic by many different sources and in our books.

    You need the witnesses, you need the approval of your father, the two being married, and the presence of a sheikh/the one qualified to be performing the marriage.

    If these were not present then this marriage is void and I seek you both go to your nearest masjid, a Sunni one if you're more comfortable with that, and re-doing the ceremony. Good luck!

  6. am staying with my girl friend with the consent of her parent with out the sunnah of nikkah........is it halal for me to continue staying wiz her as am preparing for the marriage later.

    • What do you mean by "staying with her"? If you're "staying with her" in her bed and doing "stuff" to her then that could be a problem. Or do you mean you're living in a big house with her?

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