Wednesday, September 01, 2004

Muslim marriages over the net declared illegal

According to this report: "The decree came in response to a question asked by a man in Pakistan. Mohammad Zahirullah Haqqani, of a seminary called Darul Uloom Haqqaniya of Naushera town in Pakistan, had sent a query to Deoband. He sited an example of a Muslim man in the US who married a woman in Pakistan over the Internet. The two saw each other through a web camera and spoke to each other by voice mail. They then got married over the Internet.Haqqani asked Deoband scholars if the nikah was valid.
At the department of fatwa in Deoband, the committee comprising Maulana Mahmood Hassan, Maulana Zafiruddin and Maulana Habibur Rehman pronounced the nikah invalid."

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

It should also be equally important to know exactly how Mr Haqqani had "sent the query to Deoband", for anything short of a messenger on a mule should be invalid as well.

Zunaira said...

Sir/Madam: I couldn't agree with you more ;~)

Kamran said...

While meeting online and finding each other interesting to an extent of marriage is perfectly fine for me, nikah online is not valid. As in Islamic laws, the groom and the bride should be present along with the gawahs at one spot.

My friend's cousin met a guy in who lived in USA, they felt they should marry anf then the girl's parent asked the guy to come to Pakistan and he came here.

So, if you are committing an important and normally a once-in-a-lifetime act such as marriage, you should definitely travel to 1 single spot please.

Anonymous said...

That makes nikkah via telephone invalid too.... hmmmmm.

Anonymous said...

Mr Codebox, going by your rationale, your studies in tech are valid, but your earnings by it are haram (or invalid) right?

Zunaira said...

[*chuckles at Anonymous]

For the sake of an argument: I am trying to understand what can be 'haram' in a nikah performed via a webcast/phone in the presence of witnesses on both ends? Doesn't the end justify the means, Codebox?

Anonymous said...

I wonder whether it's also illegal in other religions or not ;-? Although I'm all for the use of technology , I think an effort should be made by the consenting couples to carry out the nikkah in person rather than them being lazy bums to have it just over the phone or the net. I mean, sure its cost effective this way, but for a guy or gal, especially the one's who are getting married for the first time, a trip to carry out such an important event in one's life,even if it leaves a dent in one's pocket, should be taken.

-Anonymous Guy

Zunaira said...

True! I don't have anything against such logic--DONT BE A LAZY BUM, TRAVEL TO MEET YOUR BELOVED/FUTURE BELOVED.

I will not back down from arguing with people who constantly harp on about what is and what isn't haram. One needs to develop their own understanding of Islam when they are confronted with conflicts and confusions. Some little mullah or so-called religious leader's decision on an issue challenges one's intellect. They are NOT Quran!

Kamran said...

See this is what i said in my post earlier:

"So, if you are committing an important and normally a once-in-a-lifetime act such as marriage, you should definitely travel to 1 single spot please."

And by the way, what the hell kind of marriage would it be? Its not about islam, its about common sense (islam is common sense i guess), the husband and wife are bound to meet each other soon after marriage, so isnt that good that they do a nikah together so that both families can participate and interact in a much better way.

And please guyz, dont be Anonymous, otherwise its difficult to point you out!

Nauman said...

Well I know at least one couple who got married about 25 years back, the lady was in Pakistan and the groom in UK, it all happened over the telephone, off course witnesses were present. They now have childern who are married, what about them? I mean marriage over the Internet is still better than POTS (Plain Old Telephone System)... at least you can see whom you are marrying. Maybe the Maulanas need to be shown how a video conference works, and did anyone tell them about the witnesses?

Adeel said...

Remember that doing a sin is one thing and not considering it a sin is another. When you do sin and consider it as sin, you are still a muslim. But when you do sin and don't accept it as sin, make jokes with islam and ridicule Ulama then there is a strong fear of your losing of Iman and becoming a Kafir. Be catious.