Nikah contributes to a person’s total development as a human, a partner, a parent, and various other roles. It improves the quality of life and makes it more worthwhile to live. Having a life companion is a great blessing, as it allows you to share everything, including your joys and sorrows.  However, there are a few things to keep in mind which would make your Nikah invalid.


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Nikah without Wali

The woman’s Wali, who is essentially her guardian, should assume responsibility for representing her during her Nikah. In most cases, a woman’s Wali is her father under normal circumstances. If her father is not there, her next closest mahram, such as her grandfather, son, sibling, uncle, and so on, takes on the role of Wali.

The existence of Wali in Nikah is one of the essential requirements. So, if a woman’s Wali is missing from a marriage contract, it cannot be deemed a completed Nikah and will be declared null and void. 

Allah’s Messenger the Prophet (Peace be upon him) said,

“A marriage contract is not valid without a wali. And the Islamic authority is the Wali of the one who does not have a wali.”


Nikah without the consent of the bride

The bride’s permission is really important. If the woman’s parents or guardians, who are responsible for her Nikah, do not obtain her permission, the marriage contract is null and void. Depending on whether the bride asks for any action, it may be nullified.

The Prophet [SAW] said,

“Take the women’s permission in regard to their private parts.”

This hadith clearly emphasizes that prior permission is required to complete the Nikah properly.


Inter religion marriage

While the Qur’an recognizes the possibility of mutual attraction between a believer and a non-believer, it strongly advises against such a relationship.

“And give not (your daughters) in marriage to Al-Mushrikoon till they believe (in Allah Alone) and verily, a believing slave is better than a (free) Mushrik (idolater, etc.), even though he pleases you.”

[al-Baqarah 2:221]

Suppose a Muslim woman marries a non-Muslim man while aware of the ruling and is susceptible to punishment. She is forgiven if she was uninformed of the verdict; however, they must be separated, with no requirement for talaq (divorce), because the marriage is inherently illegitimate.

If the man or woman wishes to become a Muslim willingly and voluntarily, there is no problem with this marriage, as long as her guardian accepts.


Same-sex marriage

Homosexuality is a serious sickness and a disaster. Admiration or infatuation is the beginning of a sinful connection between individuals of both sexes.

Allah created natural wants in males and provided outlets for those needs in women. Marriage is a legal means to accomplish this. 

Same sex marriage is highly inappropriate and a grave sin. Thus, people should educate themselves and not indulge in such acts.