For a Muslim marriage, a proposal and acceptance must be in place.
There should be a proposal of marriage made by or on behalf of one of the parties and the other party has to accept this proposal.
Both the bride and groom have to say Ejab-e-Qubool (Qubool hai), which means “I agree”. The bride will communicate her wish to a Wali who may be a relative.
The proposal and acceptance:
- has to be said out of their own will and explicitly during the ceremony.
- should be made at one meeting, meaning, a proposal made at one meeting and an acceptance made at another meeting will not constitute a valid marriage. For example, if Mustafa proposes marriage to Parveen Fatima in front of the Qazi in Delhi and Parveen Fatima accepts the proposal next week in Kargil, it will not be a valid marriage.