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Children should marry by parents’ choice: Deoband

New Delhi: Islamic seminary Darul-Uloom Deoband has opined that children should follow the choice of their parents for marriage and that a person who is religious should get priority over a wealthy one.

The seminary was asked if a girl wants to marry a boy because he is rich and can give her a good life and does not accept her parents’ choice as it is based only on religion then whether the parents should agree to her choice or stick to their choice.

“Religiousness (sic) should be given first priority in choosing a proposal…And the children should follow the choice of their parents,” it said.

The seminary also said that according to some imams, the ‘nikah’ (marriage) of a girl who marries without the consent and permission of her guardian is “invalid”.

“If the parents are not known to have (taken) bad decisions and their consent is based on lawful grounds, their opinion should be accepted; because it guarantees goodness and safety,” it said but added that parents “too should ask for their children’s consent and choice while finalising the proposal of nikah.”

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