The Office of the Supreme Leader

The Contingence of Marriage to an Intellectually Mature Virgin

question| To marry (whether permanently or temporarily) a virgin woman who is rashīdah (i.e., intellectually mature) and is thus able to correctly identify and pursue that which is in her interests, is it necessary to secure her father’s consent?
answer| As a matter of mandatory caution (iḥtīyāṭ wājib), securing the consent of her father or her paternal grandfather is mandatory. Without his consent, the marriage contract is invalid.
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