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A: the father of a woman is more entitled than any other person to be her Waliy. If the father is absent or dead, the Waliy will be the person whom he nominates as his proxy. If he does not nominate anyone, the grandfather will be entitled to that right, then the nearest agnate and so on as is the case with inheritance. The father's right to be the Waliy of his daughter is not denied on account of not caring to give her Nafaqah. (Part No. 18; Page No. 145) May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.