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Basic requirements for Marriage to be legitimate?

What are the basic requirements in a Muslim marriage for it to be legitimate?


بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

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In Islam a marriage is legitimate and lawful only if the conditions mentioned below are fulfilled:

1. Both (bride and groom) are willing to enter into marriage.
2. While making the marriage contract, at least two witnesses should be available.
3. The ‘mehar’ should be determined for the bride.
4. The bride’s parents or guardians should give their permission to the marriage.

If even a single above listed condition is violated in any marriage, then that marriage will absolutely not be considered valid in the sight of Islamic law or in the sight of Allah. And Allah alone knows the best.

I ask Allah to make this a sincere effort, seeking his pleasure, and I ask him to grant us refuge in him from the evils within ourselves, and that in our deeds. I ask him to grant us success in achieving whatever pleases him; And May Allah Shower His blessings and mercy upon our beloved Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), his family and his Companions and on all those who follow him until the final hour.

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