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Do I have to disclose a secret marriage

Q:

Assalam o Alaikum,

I did a nikkah with a guy when I was 19 years old. The nikkah was done in the presence of 3 witnesses (the guy’s friends) and an imam. There was no wali. The relevant paperwork was also submitted with court. The nikkah wasnt announced to any family member or friend. It was kept a secret. There was also no sexual intercourse involved in the relationship. My parents know now but arent willing to accept him because various reasons. I have been trying since 4 years to convince them but there are various problems with the guy due to which my parents arent agreeing.

My question is:
1) Was the nikkah valid?
2) Is it okay to seek a divorce given that there is so much disagreement with my family and staying with him will bring a wide array of problems for me financially and in terms of family support.
3) If I seek a divorce am I obliged to announce the nikkah with him to my future husband before marrying him?

A:

Wa Alaikum al-salam

thanks for your question

According to Ayatullah Sistani if the aqd (nikkah) happened without your fathers consent, the nikkah is invalid (batil), so it doesn’t require divorce since it was (batil).

You are not obliged to announce this Nikah to your future (although it isnt a valid one because you didn’t have the consent from your father) husband before or after marriage, of course if he asked about it you must answer honestly.

 

regards

Sheikh Mahdi Mosayyebi