Fatwa: # 45433
Category: Jurisprudence and Rulings...
Date: 7th September 2020


Can a woman sign her marriage certificate?


In Pakistan and South asian countries it is considered shamelessness for a woman to sign her wedding contract or even read her weidding contract. Why is it so? And is it cultural or has any islamic reasons for that. Can a woman sign her own marriage contract and can she read it according to islam?


In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.

Shari’ah has granted women honour and respect.

There is no restriction from Shari’ah for a woman to read and sign her marriage certificate. The marriage certificate is not a pre-requisite for the validity of the Nikaah. It only serves as a legal document and a proof of marriage.

A woman may read and sign her marriage certificate.




And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best


Muhammad I.V Patel

Assistant Mufti,

Lusaka, Zambia


Checked and Approved by,

Mufti Ebrahim Desai.



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( قَوْلُهُ : وَيَنْبَغِي أَنْ يَكُونَ النِّكَاحُ كَالْعِتْقِ ) قَالَ الرَّمْلِيُّ : أَيْ فَيُسْتَحَبُّ أَنْ يَكْتُبَ لَهُ كِتَابًا وَيُشْهِدَ عَلَيْهِ شُهُودًا صِيَانَةً عَنْ التَّجَاحُدِ



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