BOIV STATEMENT AGAINST FORCED AND CHILD MARRIAGES
- 08 January 2017
Marriage in Islam is a sacred contract between a Muslim man and a woman entered into with consent of both the bride and groom, and a firm pledge in the name of Allah almighty following the tradition of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).
Nikah or Islamic marriage contract is not valid if either party to the marriage withhold the consent to the marriage, particularly the bride.
Khansa Bint Khidam said “My father married me to his nephew, and I did not like this match, so I complained to the Messenger of Allah (May Allah bless him and grant him peace). He said to me “accept what your father has arranged.” I said “I do not wish to accept what my father has arranged.”
He said “then this marriage is invalid, go and marry whomever you wish.” (Fathul Bari Sharah Al Bukhari 9/194, Ibn Majah Kitabun Nikah 1/602)
Underage marriages are illegal in Australia. Imams are advised to meet both the bride and groom in person prior to the Nikah ceremony to ensure that they are of marriageable age and both are consenting to the marriage. As Australian Muslims we are required to observe and respect the laws of Australia.