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What is urfi marriage.

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Brother in Islam, kindly enlighten me with the validity of Urfi Marriage.

I got married under Urfi Nikah, 5 yrs ago. I was then a new revert to Islam & to continue my life as Momin, I got married in haste under Urfi.

I want to now judge the validity of my marriage, as recently my husband got married to another Sister (due to his parent`s pressure).No one except we two know about the marriage & we stay in our parent`s homes; since our marriage.

Brother, besides this, help me with understanding about Urfi marriage completely.

JazaakALLAH Khair 


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What is urfi marriage

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The literal meaning of an urfi marriage is when all the conditions of a lawful nikaah between a couple are scrupulously honored, but the nikaah itself is not registered with a government agency or the law of the land.


Registering ones marriage with a government agency or the law of the land is definitely not a legal requirement in Shariah; but one is well within their rights to do so as it might help in protecting their lawful rights.


Regardless of whether one chooses to register their marriage with a government agency or not, provided all the obligatory conditions of a nikaah were fulfilled, the marriage itself will remain legal, valid, and lawful in the Sight of Shariah Law and of Allah Subhanah.


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