Without the Permission
Question :

If the father of a girl marries her off, without her approval, is the marriage valid?

Answer :

If she subsequently agrees to the marriage then it will be valid. However, if she does not agree to this marriage, then it is void.

The Guardian
Question :

Can a brother or any relative of a girl – apart from her guardian – arrange her marriage?

Answer :

If she appointed him to act on her behalf and she approved the marriage, then the marriage is valid.

Marriage
Question : It is permissible to have physical contact between mahram men and women, like the brother touching his sister’s hand or other ways?
Answer : It is permissible if it was without sexual enjoyment.
Marriage
Question : Can the verbal formula of the marriage contract be repeated, in order to clear any doubts in the mind?
Answer : It is permissible to repeat the formula of the marriage contract for certainty in its correctness.
Marriage
Question : Is there any sin in having sexual intercourse in the direction of qibla?
Answer : It is permissible but disliked.
Marriage
Question : Is it the case that if a person wishes to marry his wife’s niece, he cannot do so unless his wife permits it? Is it also the case if he wishes to marry his wife’s aunt? In these issues, is there a difference between permanent and temporary marriage?
Answer : Yes, the permission of his wife is required for it to be permissible for him to marry her niece. The man does not need the wife’s consent to marry her aunt.
There is no difference in the two scenarios between the two types of marriages.
Marriage
Question : What is your view on looking at Muslim women who wear hijab, but apply make-up etc. to beautify themselves in public? Can a person look at such women in his day-to-day life?
Answer : It is permissible to look at them without sexual enjoyment.
Marriage
Question : We work, communicate and interact with non-Muslim women in our day-to-day lives who wear revealing clothes and apply make-up. Can a person look at these women?
Answer : It is permissible to look at them without sexual enjoyment.
Marriage
Question : If a pair of shoes is the dower (mahr), is half of it considered to be one of the two shoes, or half of its value?
Answer : Half of the dower is half of the value of the pair of shoes.
Marriage
Question : What is your view on watching television programs in which women appear without hijab or they wear make-up?
Answer : It is permissible to watch such programs without sexual enjoyment.
Marriage
Question : If a marriage has been consummated, is the wife entitled to the full dowry?
Answer : When the marriage contract takes place, the wife has right to all the dower. If the dower or a part of it was deferred for a particular period, then she is entitled to it after the deferment period has ended. If the husband divorces his wife before the consummation of the marriage, she is entitled to only half of the dower, and the remaining half of the dower is dropped.
Marriage
Question : Is it allowed for the husband to restrict his wife to only attend one or two religious gatherings in a day, because it is necessary to give time to the children and the home?
Answer : It is permissible, but it is better to explain to her and convince her that this is what she should do.
Marriage
Question : Can husband and wife take a bath together?
Answer : Yes, it is permissible.
Marriage
Question : I have been engaged for two months now, but our marriage contract has not been undertaken. Can I touch or kiss my fiance at this stage?
Answer : Touching or kissing is not allowed until after the marriage contract is completed.
Marriage
Question : A father wants his daughter to marry someone who is a Sayyed. The girl finds someone who is not a Sayyed but he is a suitable good believer and asks the permission of her father to marry him. Her father became upset and disheartened. Although he is not happy with it at heart, he gave her permission to marry him because it is what his daughter wants and it will make her happy. Is this marriage (which is to be consummated) valid?
Answer : If the father gave his consent to her marriage then she is permitted to get married, even if the father did agree to it reluctantly.
Salam
Question : Is it permissible for a man to satisfy his wife with sex toys? Can he use a condom which is designed to arouse the woman more?
Answer : It is not permissible to use sex toys that are separate from the body in such a way that the enjoyment is because of the toy. Using the condom in such a way that the enjoyment is due to the penis itself is permissible.
Marriage
Question : If both the bride and groom know the Arabic language, can they choose another language in forming the marriage contract?
Answer : Yes, it is permissible.
Questions regarding dowry (mahr)
Question : I got engaged recently and the marriage contract was completed, but the marriage did not work out and I felt that I was deceived by her. I decided to end the matter and divorced her prior to consummation of the marriage. In such a scenario, do I still have to pay the dower (mahr) that was agreed upon? What if we had no say in the matter of the dower, and it was our respective parents who agreed on it, are we still tied to it?
Answer : If the divorce takes place before consummating the marriage, the wife has a right to half of the dower (mahr), which she can waive if she wishes. The same is the case even if the parents were the ones who agreed on it since they were acting on behalf of the bride and the groom.
Marriage
Question : If the husband and wife do not talk for 6 months or more is the marriage still valid?
Answer : The marriage contract is not invalidated because the wife and the husband are not talking to each other, however long such a period may be.
Mutah
Question : Could you please clarify what you mean by a woman being in charge of her own marriage, as mentioned in some of your answers?
Answer : What we mean by this is when the father places his daughter in charge of herself and gives her the right of marrying herself to whomever she desires without the need to refer to him.
If the father does not ask about the affairs of his daughter because of family disintegration, then apparently this is considered as making her in charge of her marriage.