Is Meethak needed in Bohra Marriage
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Follow up to Question 579. Thanks for replying. I think I was unable to make my question clear enough. As per Islam, would it be okay for a non-Bohra male to take Misaaq just to get married to a Bohra female, because its a requirement in her faith. In other words, the male is saying that he believes in something, which he does not! Is there a way for a believer to commit such an act and then offer some sort of expiation?
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Allah has allowed and permitted a believing man to get married to a believing woman. Thus, one would not need to take an oath of allegiance to any muslim community again, if he is already a believer; unless of course, the Bohras dont consider either themselves or the muslims as believers!
If one takes the Bohra oath of allegiance (meethak), he must realize that the oath is taken in the name of Allah, and it basically binds you by oath to obey and follow unconditionally the sect of the people the Bohras want you to follow. Neither do they have the authority from Allah Subhanah to take this oath, nor are the people they have nominated to be unconditionally obeyed and followed have any authority from Allah and His Messenger (saws)!
Allah has commanded the believers to always speak the Truth. And to intentionally take a false oath in the name of Allah is a manifest sin! Thus, it would not be okay for a believer to take a false oath in the name of Allah under any circumstances.
But if one is forced to take the oath, and is confident that Allah will accept and forgive his excuse for taking this false oath intentionally; then it is upto the person taking the oath to make the decision.
There is no expiation one can perform after intentionally taking a false oath in the very name of Allah Subhanah, except ask sincere repentance to Allah Subhanah and hope and pray that Allah will forgive him the sin.
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