It is to be noted first that the most fundamental question when choosing a partner that of the strength of his/her religion. If the prospective partner is of good character, with a strong religious inclination, and the two people are happy and feel compatible with one another, other considerations are not of such importance.

Parents in Islam have no right to interfere in children’s choice of marriage partners unless they are certain that the children are exercising their choice to harm themselves.

The eminent Muslim scholar and renowned Da`iyah, Sheikh `Abdel Khaliq Hasan Ash-Shareef, states: “It is well known that a divorced woman is not obliged to seek her parents’ consent as a condition for the validity of her marriage. So, we cannot say that the marriage contract is invalid or void if she remarried herself without her parents’ consent.

However, her duty towards her parents is to keep good relations with them and to discuss the issue with them kindly.”