Marriage Registrations. What Is Nikah.
Nikah is a great blessing and worship. In Sharia law, Nikah is viewed as a contract in which both parties agree to live as husband and wife in accordance with the Quran and the Sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad (Alayhi s-salām). Having a relationship outside Nikah’s bond is prohibited in Islam and is a major sin and Haram.
According to Islam, both man and woman have rights over each other when they enter into a contract with the man serving as protector and supporter of the family from his means. Ensure you are ready for your Nikah and fully aware of the consequences and responsibilities of Nikah.
The mosque also provides marriage registration services cementing partnerships according to Islamic and civil matrimony.
The mosque is linked with the Registrar of Marriage for conducting legally recognised civil Muslim marriages and issues certificates on behalf of the Registrar.
Once you have succeeded in finding a suitable marriage partner, then comes the real procedure of Islamic Nikah and Civil (English) Registration. Redhill Mosque is an authorised venue for conducting both marriages together at the same time.
To find out more about the complete procedure, please do not hesitate to contact the mosque office if you are unsure about anything. T: 01737 760251 or Email:firstname.lastname@example.org
Requirements for a Nikah/Marriage.:
In order for a marriage to be conducted by a qualified Scholar from RIC Management, we have the following conditions;
- Mutual Agreement: Both families must agree or have been clearly informed of their intention to be married.
- Religious compatibility: Both spouses must have the same beliefs and creeds. The Shahadah must be taken in case of a revert. If no Shahadah certificate is evident please note the whole Shahadah process will be repeated, logged and registered at the RIC.
- Documents: Passport copy and a driving licence or a current utility bill. Civil Marriage certificate or booking confirmation of the same, for the day of Nikah.
- Age compliance: Bride and Groom to be aged 17 years and over: (permission is required from parents or guardians if under 18 years of age please note that, the Head Imam would need time to make the best judgement and decision, based on the groom’s ability to provide maintenance which is considered obligatory (wajib) on the husband or in the event that the wife agrees to finance the husband, this too will need to be clarified.*
- Bride and Groom to be present: preferably in the same building/venue.
- Bride’s Wali (guardian) or Wakeel (attorney) to be present: Marriage is a happy occasion and should not exclude the family. RIC does not support, nor conduct, a secret or a runaway marriage. The Imam conducting the marriage may call the guardians of the bride and groom to confirm their consent to the marriage if they are not present or he is informed they are abroad.
- In the absence of the Wali: If the Qadhi is content that permission was sought from the Wali, but his ground for refusal was on a discriminative basis; ie culture, race, caste, the Nikah will be conducted and considered valid.
Witnesses: Please ensure there are two male Muslim, sane and able witnesses who have a valid British passports. It is preferred that one witness is represented from either side; both the bride and groom. Along with the brides’ Wali or Wakeel (attorney), there will be three witnesses present in total.
- Travel restriction: There must be no immigration restrictions on either party.
Something sweet: To share following the Nikah; Arabian Dates as is Sunnah.
£150 non-refundable deposit is payable at the time of booking. Nikah must be booked at least one week prior to the occasion. No Nikah will be booked unless a deposit is paid in advance.
RIC office: £150 must be paid at least a week in advance of the event. or you pay this in our bank account Lloyds Bank PLC Sort Code: 30-92-70, Account no: 02043828 (use Ref Nikah for the payment)
External venue: If the Nikah is to be conducted at a venue of your choice, and within three (3) a miles radius of RIC, then a £300 charge is payable, with a deposit of £150 to be paid at least a week in advance of the event. The external price begins at £300 and will increase depending on the distance from the office. Contact to ascertain an exact cost for your Nikah.
Nikah certificates: The issuing of any Certificate of Nikah, after Shariah verification, will be issued after the Nikah ceremony to both bride and groom.
Refunds: Any cancellation by the RIC, due to unforeseen circumstances, will be refunded in full. Otherwise, we follow a strictly non-refundable deposit policy.
On The Day;
- Please ensure punctuality. It is bad adab to keep anyone waiting, least of all an Imam.
- Please allocate a person to be available for the Imam to contact on the day, in case of an emergency and to take care of him when he arrives at the venue.
- Please arrange for any music to be switched off in the presence of the Imam and at a large venue for a PA system to also be arranged.
- Please arrange for a Compare/ Master of Ceremonies to announce the presence of the Imam, to settle and ready guests for the official ceremony.
- The Nikah ceremony will start with a short recitation of the Quran. This is followed by a brief address to commemorate the celebration. Thereon, the Imam will deliver his Arabic sermon (Khutbah) and conduct the official Nikah ceremony of ‘Ijaab’ and ‘Qubul’ (the exchange and confirmation of the offer and acceptance of the marriage between the Bride and the Groom). The ceremony will end with a supplication for the newlyweds, both families and all present.
- Whilst the ceremony is conducted, the movement of attendees should be minimal and food should not be served. All guests should be focusing on the ceremony at this time.
- Invitations to wedding celebrations are graciously received. We thank you in advance. Where possible the Imam will stay as long as possible. Please refrain from stalling his exit, as there are numerous engagements in one day and time-keeping is of utmost importance.
- The newlyweds will be sent their Certificate of Nikah with the official RIC Management stamp within a week of the Nikah.
Divorced: A Skype or telephone Nikah will not be conducted.
Divorced: If anyone or both of the couple were previously divorced, we will require the Islamic certificate of divorce, the Decree Absolute and that the complete Iddah (waiting period) has been observed. RIC Management will not be responsible for the invalidity of Nikah based on oversight of this principle of Shariah. Please ensure the Imam conducting your Nikah is made aware of the aforementioned and that the necessary certificates have been verified a week before the date of the Nikah.**
Polygamy: The law in the UK does not recognise polygamous marriages and any woman involved in a polygamous marriage relinquishes all legal rights over her husband’s property, inheritance and conventional marital rights in the sight of the law.
Civil Marriage registry: A Nikah as conducted by an Imam, is not considered a civil marriage without an official registry. RIC requires all wedding parties to have their Civil Marriage registered either before the time of Nikah, or have a booking confirmation to have the marriage registered on the day. The Imam has a right to refuse to conduct the Nikah if he has reason to believe that the marriage is not, or is unlikely to be registered. Find further information on the process of the Civil Marriage registry here.
Decree Absolute: Though you may have been granted a civil divorce, Islamically, you will need a valid certificate of divorce to anull your marriage, which is the exclusive right of a Qadhi. Without undergoing this Shari’ah process, or the express threefold use of the word Talaq, a woman will not be considered divorced from her husband. For further clarity on this issue please contact us immediately at 07828783600, to prevent delay in your marriage.
Upon satisfactory fulfilment of the said requirements, RIC Management will assign a qualified and experienced Qadhi (a Scholar commissioned to conduct the Islamic Nikah) who speaks fluent English, Arabic, Urdu and Punjabi, to conduct your Nikah in the language of your choice.
RIC is strict in adhering to the law of the land. As stipulated above, if the bride or groom is between the ages of 17-18, parental/guardian consent is required. The parents would need to confirm that they can support the young couple financially, including lodging and maintenance, up until they are in the independent stage. The financial burden of the young couple should not fall on the authorities. The RIC recommends that a young person 21 years and over is of independent age.
Widow/Widower – Former spouse’s death certificate and for her to have observed her I’ddah, which according to Shari’ah is four months and ten days.
a) Unconsummated marriage/ unconsummated widow – There is no waiting upon a woman who did not consummate her marriage. However, if the married couple were away from the view of others with a clear opportunity to consummate the marriage, regardless of whether or not the marriage was consummated, the widow will be required to complete a full waiting period.
b) Consummated marriage and above 55 years of age – The waiting period for a woman who has been divorced and who had consummated her marriage or if she is above 55 years of age, is three menstrual cycles.
c) Pregnant widowed woman – The waiting period for a pregnant widow is up until her child is born, however many months she has to go.