Can a man give authority to any of his relative or friend, to accept Nikah on his behalf?
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Can a man give authority to any of his relative or friend, to accept Nikah on his behalf? I mean can the Marriage (Nikah) be performed while Man is not present there at that moment?
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Nikaah without man
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There is allowance in Shariah Law for a man to give authority or ‘power of attorney’ to anyone he wishes to marry him without his actual physical presence at the time or place of Nikaah, provided all the other obligatory conditions of marriage like proposal and acceptance, determination of mehr, availability of at least two witnesses, consent of the bride or guardian, etc. are honored. Such a marriage will be deemed absolutely valid and lawful in the Sight of Islamic Law and of Allah Subhanah.
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