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Does husband have to inform his second wife of his previous marriage?

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A man(boy) got married in a foreign country & divorced her(wife) there due to some circumstances. Now, he wants to marry again in his country and at the time of 2nd marriage if he does not inform the girl and/or her parents of his 1st marriage, will this be a valid marriage?

At  the same time, is it necessary to mention during a "Nikah" that this is his  2nd  marriage  or  about  his  earlier  marriages.  If  he does not do so(without any intention of deceiving her),  will it affect the validity of 2nd marriage in any way.

 

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Does husband have to inform his second wife of his previous marriage?

In the name of Allah, We praise Him, seek His help and ask for His  forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and whoever He allows to fall astray, none can guide them aright. We bear witness that there is no one (no idol, no person, no grave, no prophet, no imam, no dai, nobody!) worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad(saws) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers.

 

If one who is divorced from his first wife, marries another woman and does not inform the new wife and/or her parents about his first marriage and divorce; his marriage will be legal in the sight of Shariah. The most one may say is that the man was not completely honest with his new wife and her family. It may be that in the future, when they find out the Truth, his dishonesty might effect the harmony in his current marriage. The righteous and honorable conduct would have been for the man to come clean, and tell his future wife and in-laws the complete truth about his first marriage.

 

Similarly, if the man does not say anything about his earlier marriages at the nikaah, his marriage will still be regarded as valid and legal.

 

Not disclosing the truth of his first marriage and divorce at Nikaah, or to the prospective bride, or to her family has absolutely no bearings on the legal and Shariah validity of his current marriage.

 

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