Getting married under the age of 18

Q: In Islam, is it halaal to get married under 18 but by Law its illegal to get married under 18?

My question is: Can I do nikah but not get married by Law (I'm under 18 and the girl is under 18 too and we are in Europe... In my country like most of the countries its illegal to get married under 18)

Ma Sha Allah im 17 and she is 16 which means we have to wait 2 years... We both are muslims Ma Sha Allah, and she has a "wali" and everything else. Alhamdulilah its okay but that is the one and only problem.

A: If both families are pleased with the nikaah, then do not delay in performing the nikaah. The sunnah is that when a suitable match is found for the girl, then the nikaah should not be delayed. The legal procedures of registering the nikaah may take place at a later stage (after both spouses reach the age of eighteen).

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


Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)