Private Marriage and Divorce

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Q: I was in love with a girl. We got our nikah done not in a mosque but privately: I asked her if she would marry me and she said yes. Two of my friends were witnesses at the time when this happened. Couple of month later I gave her one talaq (divorce) but I did rujoo (took her back in nikah) the next day. After that we were normal, but a couple of months later I gave her 2 talaqs. Is my nikah completely over? Was my nikah valid in the 1st place or was it not valid?
A. It was completely wrong to have this Nikah done privately, without the permission of the parents. Although wrong, the Nikah in your case was valid. Three Talaaqs have taken place and you cannot remarry her without her first marrying someone else.

Moulana Yusuf Laher
Checked and approved by: Mufti Siraj Desai