The Bride’s Permission Ruling Being one of the two individuals involved in a marriage contract, the bride should have a say in reward to the partner with whom she would be associated in a long-term partnership. ‘A’ishah (radhiyAllaahu anha) reported that Allah’s Messenger said: “Take the women’s permission in regard to their private parts (i.e., marriage).” (Ahmad and an-Nasa’i. Verified to be authentic by al-Albani (Sahih-ul-Jami’ no. 930 & as-Sahihah no. 398) Abu Musa al-Ash’ari (radhiyAllaahu anh) reported that Allah’s Messenger said: “When one of you wants to give his daughter in marriage, he should take her permission.” (at-Tabarani (in al-Kabir) and Abu Ya’la. Verified to be authentic by al-Albani (Sahih-ul-Jami’ no. 300 & as-Sahihah no. 1206) A bride’s permission is a required element of the marriage contract. Without this permission, the contract is either null and void, or may be invalidated by the Islamic authorities – based on the bride’s request. We will see below that, depending on the bride’s situation, the mode of her permission varies from being fully vocal and assertive to being passive and compliant with her wali’s decision.