a man has good religious knowledge and is a Ma'dhun (marriage registrant). He lives in the desert and wants to get married. Is it permissible for him to conclude the marriage contract by himself?
Could you kindly substantiate your answer with evidence?
Yes, it is permissible for him to conclude the marriage by himself with the woman's Waliy (a legally accountable person acting for a woman regarding marriage). The Waliy may give her in marriage to him taking into consideration that the other conditions of marriage are also met. This is because one may conclude his marriage contract with his would-be wife even if he is not a Ma'dhun, according to the Ijma` (consensus of scholars), as long as he has the prerequisites to carry out this task. Being a Ma'dhun appointed by the ruler to conclude marriage contracts gives him more power and credibility. May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.