My husband and I performed nikah in presence of four Muslim men and an imam (who guided us with the procedure). Offering and acceptance of dowry was done too. However, we can not announce our nikah as our parents would never accept us like this until our studies are complete. Is our nikah valid or not?

  • who was your wali? because if you had no wali, then your nikah is invalid
    – user12159
    Commented Jan 13, 2016 at 20:01
  • Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him said Announce the Nikah.
    – Syedah
    Commented Jan 14, 2016 at 14:24
  • Cousin of my husband was my wali
    – qurat
    Commented Jan 14, 2016 at 16:33
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    How can cousin of your Husband be your wali? You have to see the definition of 'Wali'. Your wali is your closest relative like your father, brother, maternal or paternal uncle and such.
    – user14305
    Commented Jan 21, 2016 at 11:44
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    You can't marry without a wali, your wali is your father or whoever your father delegates Commented Nov 30, 2016 at 6:08

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Lets look at the requirements of nikah:

For marriage to be valid, it is stipulated that the wali (guardian) of the woman be present, and it is not permissible for the woman to do the marriage contract for herself, because the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said: “There is no (valid) marriage except with a wali.” Narrated by Abu Dawood, 2085; classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Irwa’ al-Ghaleel, 1839. And he (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) also said: “Any woman who gets married without the permission of her wali, her marriage is invalid, her marriage is invalid, her marriage is invalid.” Narrated by Ahmad, 24417; Abu Dawood, 2083; at-Tirmidhi, 1102; classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh Abi Dawood.

The minimum conditions for the validity of nikah are the following:

  • The consent of the guardian of the woman
  • Presence of witnesses
  • Offering and acceptance
  • Mahr (dower).

In this conditions your nikah seems valid Nikah. Even Islam prefer make marriage as early as possible, so normative rules and cultural disagreements can't be beyond rules of Islam. It's a Hasenah if you get permission from your parents but you don't have to, and need to get their permission all to time for your actions.

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    The guardian of a girl is in first place her father (if she has no father then her brother etc.)! So without his permission according to your answer the marriage is void!
    – Medi1Saif
    Commented Nov 30, 2016 at 9:34

Nikahs in secret are frowned upon; and a Nikah must have the following:

  1. The woman's guardian (this isn't anyone you choose, it has to be a relative of yours - like your father, brother, uncle, grandparent).

  2. Witnesses

  3. Mahr (payment from the husband)

  4. Offering and acceptance (ie, it must be accepted in public)

In this respect, with you having a guardian there - I believe the Nikah is invalid.

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