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09-13-2008, 09:39 AM
Salam all,

I recently got married, nikah, here in England however in the eyes of the English Law this marriage is not recognized and therefore not a valid marriage.

Therefore i was wondering if anyone has been in the same boat as me and actually gone through registering a marriage here in England? And what it actually involves as iv been told many different things.


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09-13-2008, 09:52 AM

09-13-2008, 10:10 AM
Muslim, Hindu and Sikh Marriages in England
UK marriage laws allow for mosques and temples to be registered for the solemnisation of marriages according to the rites of these religions. The legal requirements to be fulfilled are those that apply to civil marriages. However, if the building in which you wish to marry is in a different registration district to where you live, you need to prove to the superintendent registrar that the building is your normal place of worship. If you cannot do this, you will be required to give notice in the registration district in which the building is situated after having met the necessary residency requirement.

If there is no building in the registration district in which you live, you will be permitted to marry in a building in the nearest registration district that has one.

A superintendent registrar may also need to attend the ceremony. If the building in which you intend to marry is not registered for the solemnisation of marriages, you must arrange a civil ceremony beforehand to comply with the requirements of the law.
if people don't register, the woman may end up paying a heavy price later on when the "Muslim" man may decide that he no longer likes her

.... an arrangement which needs to be registered with the relevant government body....

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