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

Title

Can a woman sign her marriage certificate?

Question

Assalamu'alaikum,
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?

Answer

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.

 

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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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البحر الرائق شرح كنز الدقائق (8/ 2)

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

 

 

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