Marriage over the phone

Q: A brother I got married in secrecy. While the the boy (who himself is a mufti) and I were present in the same room, the witesses were present over the phone. Is this marriage valid?

A: The nikaah is not valid.

And Allah Ta'ala (الله تعالى) knows best.

 

Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)