Seeking repentance for one's past sins before marriage

Q: If a man and woman commit zina before getting married. After their marriage, they had children and realized that what they have done before marriage was a sin. But they do not repent when being married because they dont have knowlegde that before marriage they had to repent.

After 6 years they got to know that they should have repented before nikaah, otherwise their nikaah is invalid. Is their nikaah valid or not as they repented after 6 years of marriage.

A: The nikaah is valid. Seeking repentance for one's past sins is not a precondition for the validity of the nikaah. However, one should not delay in making taubah for the sins one had committed.

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

 

Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)