Following the orders of a UK court, Nikkah will no longer be considered as a valid ceremony in the country. A two-year-old decision which declared Nikkah as a legal way of marriage in the United Kingdom was reversed by the Court of Appeal in the country.
According to the details, the decision to declare Nikkah as invalid ways of marriage was made in a divorce case involving Nasreen Akhter and Mohammad Shahbaz Khan, who married back in 1998 through Nikkah. There was no any other civil ceremony other than the Nikkah in the presence of an Imam and several other guests.
The separation of the couple took place in 2016, with Mohammad contesting to block the divorce petition filed by her wife saying that they had not been legally married. During the hearing of the case in the Family Division of the High Court in 2018, the husband took the stance that they had married “under the Sharia law only”.
The wife, however, argued before the court that she was entitled to the same legal protection and settlement as offered to the other married couples of the country. Back then, Justice William had ordered that the marriage falls under the scope of the 1973 Matrimonial Causes Act, therefore, it should be treated like any other marriage contract in the United Kingdom.
Later, the Attorney General appealed against the original decision of the court made earlier, as the Appeal Court ruled the wedding as a ‘non-qualifying ceremony’ because it hadn’t taken place in a building which was supposed to be registered for weddings. The decision also said that there was no registrar present during the wedding ceremony and no certificate was issued to the two parties.
According to the new decision, Muslims living in the United Kingdom should organize civil marriages like Christians and Jews in addition to the Islamic way of marrying.