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Is Imam counted as one of the witnesses?

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I know there has to be atleast 2 male muslim witnesses for a muslim Nikah. Does this include the imam performing the Nikah or does it have to be 2 others beside him? 


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Is Imam counted as one of the witnesses?

In the name of Allah, We praise Him, seek His help and ask for His forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and whoever He allows to fall astray, none can guide them aright. We bear witness that there is no one (no idol, no person, no grave, no prophet, no imam, no dai, nobody!) worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad(saws) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers.


The truth of the matter is that although it is the norm today, there is absolutely no condition that an imam or a particular person has to perform the Nikaah. If a man proposes and the woman accepts the proposal, the mehr is determined, and there are two witnesses to this proposal and acceptance; then the Nikaah will be considered absolutely valid and legal in the sight of Shariah.


Thus, the imam or person performing the Nikaah can be one of the two witnesses, and the Nikaah will be considered absolutely valid and legal.


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