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civil marriageand nikkah

Last updated: 25th March 2007
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assalamualaikummy brother recently had his civil marriage, we heard that it is also equivalent to or same as a nikkah, is that true?jazakallah

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

A civil marriage will be valid under Islamic law as long as there were two male witnesses or one male and two female witnesses; a separate nikah is not necessary although khutbah is sunnah.

This is conditional on the assumption that all other prerequisites of marriage had been met.

والله اعلم

Answer last updated on:
2nd December 2008
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Ulamaa ID 02