Question #13-84: Is it okay for a woman to marry without a wali?

Question:

Is it okay for a woman to marry without wali?

 Answer:

In the name of Allah, The Ever Merciful.

Walykum assalam brother, 

The Prophet PBUH said: “ La Zawaj ella bi-wali wa-shahiday addl”   - No marriage will be valid except with Wali and two witnesses and that is for both ( virgin & woman who married before).

Imam Abu- Hanifa mentioned in his fatwa that a woman who had been married before is able to marry herself . This fatwa is rejected from the majority of the Oullama because the hadith from the Prophet (swa) is very clear “no marriage will be valid without a Wali and this is for both.

Allah knows best.

Shk. Mostafa

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