Monday, 4 July 2011

Islamic ruling on a Shi’a girl who is not being allowed by the appointed official to get married

Islamic ruling on a Shi’a girl who is not being allowed by the appointed official to get married
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From ‘Abd al-‘Azeez ibn ‘Abd-Allaah ibn Baaz to Miss F.H.A., may Allaah help her to do that which pleases Him and make things easy for her and guide her aright. Peace be upon you, and the mercy of Allaah and His blessings. I received your letter telling me that you are 23 years old and that you are a Shi’a and a follower of Dawood Bohra, and that the representative of the leader of that group [the Bohra Shi’a] in Kenya is not allowing the official licensed to perform marriages in Mombasa to do your marriage contract, and you want to know the Islamic ruling on that.


Praise be to

is no doubt that the people in authority of all groups that claim to
be Muslim are obliged to adhere to the rulings of Islam in all affairs,
and that they should beware of anything that goes against that. It is
known in Islamic sharee’ah that guardians are obliged to arrange the
marriages of girls under their care if someone compatible proposes marriage,
because Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning): 

marry those among you who are single (i.e. a man who has no wife and
the woman who has no husband) and (also marry) the Saalihoon (pious,
fit and capable ones) of your (male) slaves and maid servants (female
slaves). If they be poor, Allaah will enrich them out of His Bounty.
And Allaah is All Sufficent for His creatures’ needs, All Knowing (about
the state of the people).”


And it was narrated that the Prophet

(peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “If there comes to
you one with whose religious commitment and character you are pleased,
then marry [your female relative under your care] to him, for if you
do not do that then there will be fitnah (tribulation) on earth and
much mischief.” (Narrated by Imaam al-Tirmdihi and others).

on that, then if one of your guardians who is related to you arranges
your married to a compatible person, the representative of the Bohra
group has no right to object to that, and the marriage will be valid,
so long as the conditions of marriage are fulfilled. That should be
done through the sharee’ah court in Mombasa so that no objections can
be raised by the representative of the Bohra group. If the marriage
is done in the manner mentioned, then your children will be legitimate
and neither the Bohra group nor anybody else will be able to deny that.
If your relatives refuse to marry you to one who is compatible in order
to please the representative of the Bohra group, then their guardianship
becomes invalid thereby, and the Muslim judge (qaadi) has the right
to do the marriage contract for you with the compatible person who has
proposed marriage to you, because the Prophet 

(peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “The ruler is the
wali for the one who has no wali.”

qaadi is the deputy of the ruler and takes his place in such matters,
and if the wali (guardian) is refusing to arrange the girl’s marriage,
the ruling on him is the same as if he was not there at all.

we advise you and others in your position to forsake the Bohra madhhab
and other Shi’a madhhabs, because they go against the Islamic way of

(peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) in many ways. So you have
to leave them and join the madhhab of Ahl al-Sunnah wa’l-Jamaa’ah who
follow that which is dictated by the Qur’aan and Sunnah and the way
of the early generations of this ummah, the Companions of the Messenger

(peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) and those who follow them
in truth. I ask Allaah to guide this group and other groups which have
gone astray from the right path, and to show them the path of truth.
May He help you and us and all the Muslims to do that which will lead
to salvation and happiness in this world and in the Hereafter, for He
is the One Who is able to do that. Peace be upon you and the mercy and
blessings of Allaah. 

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