A man came to my father asking

A: It is not permissible to force a girl that is nine years old or more to marry, whether it is the father who forces her or any other Waliy (a legally accountable person acting for a woman regarding marriage). This is because the Prophet (peace be upon him) said: "A matron should not be given in marriage except after consulting her; and a virgin should not be given in marriage except after her consent. The people asked, 'O Allah’s Messenger! How can we know her consent?' He said, 'Her silence (indicates her consent).'" (Agreed upon by Al-Bukhari and Muslim) In another narration from Muslim (may Allah be merciful to him) in his Sahih (authentic) Book of Hadith, he related: "A virgin's father must ask her consent, and her consent is known by her silence." If the Waliy refrains from asking her consent and forces her to marry, she is permitted to refer her case to the court. May Allah guide us all to knowing Al-Haqq (the Truth) and following it! (Part No. 18; Page No. 130) May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.