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Nikkah on the phone

Last updated: 26th September 2006
Question ID: #2546
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26th September 2006

if there is no possible way for the man and woman to meet on a soon upcoming date and they would like to make thier relationship halal and get married, can they marry over the phone?...and...can nonmuslims be witness's at a nikkah?, allah hafiz

Ulamaa ID 04
Answer last updated on:
5th August 2007
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Ulamaa ID 04
Location: London

Al-jawab billahi at-taufeeq (the answer with Allah's guidance)

Nikah on the phone is not valid. Also, it is a condition for the validity of marriage that the witnesses be present in the same place the marriage offer and acceptance takes place.

It is a prerequisite for the validity of the Nikah that there be two Muslim male witnesses or two female and one male witnesses. (Al-Hidayah)

Allah Ta'ala says, "And get two witnesses out of your own men (Muslim). And if there are not two men (available), then a man and two women, such as you agree for witnesses, so that if one of them (two women) errs, the other can remind her."
(2: 282)

Additionally, non Muslims cannot be a witness.

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And Only Allah Ta'ala Knows Best.