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Temporary Marriage (Mut’a) (10)

The permission of the father or the guardian of the girl (virgin) from the Ahl-ul-Kitaab is not a precondition to marriage if in their religion or in their common way of life (‘Urf) e.g. by law, it is not required for the girl to have her father/guardian’s permission for marriage.

To perform Mut’a with a virgin girl you must seek the permission of the girl’s father or guardian – as this is a prerequisite – even if you do not intend to engage in sex. If the father of the girl is dead, then you must seek the permission of the girl’s grandfather, or brother. You must refrain from performing Mut’a with a virgin girl without the permission of the girl’s father/guardian.

To perform Mut’a with a virgin girl you must seek the permission of the girl’s father or guardian – as this is a prerequisite – even if you do not intend to engage in sex. If the father of the girl is dead, then you must seek the permission of the girl’s grandfather, or brother. You must refrain from performing Mut’a with a virgin girl without the permission of the girl’s father/guardian.

Like any other halal issue, Mut’a is Halal and a man is permitted to marry Mut’a, and under certain circumstances it may even prove obligatory upon the individual, i.e. when he cannot marry permenantly and to avoid committing a haram act. The Mut’a marriage is not meant as a substitute for permanent marriage, so one should attempt to marry permanently and form a family etc. as soon as possible. However if under certain circumstances permanent marriage is not feasible, one may then consider the option of Mut’a if needed. Needless to say, it does not mean a married man cannot marry Mut’a. There may be circumstances when a married man may be obliged to do Mut’a, for example being away from his wife for sometime. As for the speech of the Imam (AS) to one of his followers, in fact the imam (AS) is making the first point above. The other individual was a married man, and the imam is telling him that you have a wife and therefore you do not need to do Mut’a. That is not to say that Mut’a is haram for a married man, but perhaps there was something peculiar about the circumstances of that man. So the background in that particular case must be taken into account.

The amount of the Mahr MUST be specified.

The man may act as the woman’s representative and recite the marriage formula on her part.

This depends on the norm and the common law of the land, i.e. The permission of the father or the guardian of the girl (virgin) from the Ahl-ul-Kitaab is not a precondition to marriage if in their religion or in their common way of life (‘Urf) e.g. by law, it is not required for the girl to have her father/guardian’s permission for marriage.

The man needs to pay her Mahr (dowry).

It is permissible to marry from Ahlul Kitaab. Your parents may not prevent youas a man but they can only convince you.

It is not considered ZIna, but it makes the contract void until the father approves

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