The marriage proposal
When a proposal is accepted, even implicitly, no other man may make a proposal of marriage to the same woman if he is aware of the first proposal.
It is forbidden to make a direct expression of one’s desire to a widowed woman while she is in her waiting period.
A proposal is no more than an expression of desire and a promise of marriage; it cannot count as a marriage.
- Each of the two spouses must be identified in person.
- Marriage by compulsion is not valid, and each of the two spouses must agree to the marriage.
- The presence of the woman’s guardian.
- The presence of witnesses
- The absence of any reasons that preclude the marriage.