Does a Stepfather Need to Inform the Real Father of the Marriage of His Stepdaughter and Get His Permission

Fatwa ID: 04666

Answered by: Alimah Maimoonah

 

Question:

 

Assalamu Alaikum, I have been married for 18 years Alhamdulillah my wife was married before and had a daughter from her first marriage, she is 19 now and was 1 when I married my wife. It’s time for her to get married now, do I have to inform her real father of her marriage and get his permission or can I give her permission for the nikah. There has been no contact with him since separation and my stepdaughter does not even that I am not her real father my wife has not told her please advise.

 

 

In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful

 

 

Answer

 

According to the Hanafi Fiqh, the nikah of a sane, mature, free woman is valid without the permission of her wali. [1]

 

Although it is not advisable for a woman to marry without the consent of her wali, permission of the wali is not a condition for the validity of the marriage. Therefore, the nikah of your stepdaughter will be valid irrespective of whether or not her biological father is informed.

 

 

Only Allah Knows Best

Written by Alimah Maimoonah

Checked and approved by Mufti Mohammed Tosir Miah

Darul Ifta Birmingham

 

 

 

[1]

وينعقد نكاح الحرة العاقلة البالغة برضاها وإن لم يعقد عليها ولى بكرا كانت أو ثيبا

(Hidayah, Maktaba Rahmaniyyah, page 335)

 

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