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Who can be my Wali for marriage?

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I am looking to get married soon in shaa Allah, and I have a question about who can be my wali. My father died a few years ago. Please correct me if I am wrong, but I have read that if a man does not make salah, then he can not be your wali. If this is the case, none of the men on my father's side or my brother can be my wali. My mother's brothers & her father make their salahs so I'm wondering if they would be able to step in. Also, I have a uncle who is my father's cousin who makes his salahs and is good with his deen. Would he be okay to be my wali?



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  1. Assalaamualaikam

    It might be helpful to discuss this with an imam at your local mosque, as they might be able to give you a definitive answer based on Islamic law. While we can advise, we aren't scholars, and given the importance of the issue I think it's important to get a reliable answer to your problem.

    There are options for sisters who don't have practising male relatives (for example, reverts), and it sounds like your uncle is inshaAllah a good man, so it may be that an imam is happy for him to be your wali. Or, the imam himself may be able to act as your wali for the purposes of nikah.

    Midnightmoon editor

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