Nikah is an act of Ibaadah and worship. In Islam Nikah is an agreement and contract between the husband and wife in accordance to the Qura’an and The Sunnah of the Holy Prophet Mohammed (Peace be upon Him).
The Qura’an and hadith have given us clear cut information about the right of the husband and wife. The husband plays the role of the protector and provider.
Nikah and marriage its one of the greatest sign of unity of two people who were stranger prior to Nikah, The Qura’an says:
ومن اياته ان خلق لكم من انفسكم ازواجا لتسكنوا اليها وجعل بينكم مودة ورحمة ان في ذلك لايات لقوم يتفكرون
And of His signs is that He created for you from yourselves mates that you may find tranquillity in them; and He placed between you affection and mercy. Indeed in that are signs for a people who give thought. (Ar-Room 30:21)
One of the essential elements of a Nikah is that the man agrees to pay the woman a dowry. The dowry is not a gift, and is a mandatory requirement for all men whereby an amount of money or possessions with monetary value is paid to the woman at the time of Nikah ceremony or later in the future for her exclusive use.
- Each partner must present two forms of identification, one with a photo (e.g. UK driving licence or passport) and one with a UK permanent address (e.g. Utilities bill or Bank statement with dated within the last four months). It is your responsibility to produce the original documents.
- Birth Certificates – For each partner. If names have changed the Original copy of the Deed Poll.
- Divorcees – Decree Absolute & Talaq Documents in accordance with Sharia.
- Widow/Widower – Former spouses death certificate.
- Two male witnesses of good character MUST be present at the time of Nikah. It is vital that the witness reliable, easily-traceable, unbiased witnesses to the Nikah. We will not provide any witnesses.
- If one or both partners are converts to Islam, a letter or certificate is required from the person who conducted their Shahada.
All of the documents listed above must be original documents and a photocopy of each document for mosque to retain. These documents must be produced before the Nikah.
The current Nikah processing fee is £100 to cover all cost in advance. Please note that the fee is not refundable once an application is submitted and then withdrawn.
Nikah certificate provides written proof of the lawful Islamic Halal Relationship. There will be 3 copies of the contract signed by all parties: 1 given to the man, 1 given to the woman, and 1 kept by the mosque conducting the ceremony.
It is important you retain this certificate, as you may need it in the future (e.g. if you undertake Hajj / Umrah – the certificate can prove a Nikah exists between yourselves especially as surnames are usually different at the time of Nikah).
The names on the photo ID will be the names that will be written on the Nikah certificate. We will not write any other names.
Registering your Nikah into Marriage under UK law
Conducting a Nikah does NOT constitute a Marriage (at present, we are working towards it). Thus, it is very important that you register civil marriage with your local registrar office.
Under British law, couples who are only in a Nikah and without civil marriage are generally considered to be co-habiting. They do not have the same rights as couples in a civil marriage that is properly recognised under the law. The co-habiting couples would therefore have no certain rights in law as regards pensions, benefits or in the event of a dispute, separation, inheritance estate etc.
All of the above mentioned, is for your general guidance only. It should not be taken as the law. You should seek independent professional advice as relevant to your circumstances. We only conduct the Nikah, and we do not provide any legally binding advice etc.
If you are interested in booking for a Nikah ceremony, you can contact us