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Is civil marriage accepted in Islam

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Can a marriage be legal/halal between two consenting adults (age25 above) even without the permission of the girl`s parents? Is it allowed in Islam to have a civil wedding done by a judge rather than that of an Imam in an islamic rite? 


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Is Civil marriage accepted in Islam ?

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Islam has guided the children to obey their parents, consult and take their approval for marriage; and have guided the parents to be understanding and merciful towards their children. Neither is it encouraged that the parents marry their children against their will; nor is it encouraged that the children marry without the consent and approval of their parents.


Although it is not encouraged for the believers to have a civil marriage in preference to an Islamic Nikaah; if one has had a civil marriage and the following conditions of marriage have been met, the marriage will be deemed legal and valid in the sight of Shariah:

The amount of ‘mehr’ is determined.

Proposal by the man, and acceptance by the girl.

Two witnesses to the marriage contract.


If the above three conditions are met, it does not really matter who does the actual marriage ceremony; the marriage will be deemed legal and valid in Islam.


Some scholars are of the opinion that the girl must be given away by a ‘wali’ or Guardian (normally her father, brother, uncle, etc.) as a fourth condition; but most scholars do not agree that it is an obligatory condition of the marriage.


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Your Brother in Islam,





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