Legally recognising islamic marriage certificate
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We are calling upon members of parliament to consider legalising muslim nikkah (wedding) certificate that has been issued by imam after a ceremony in mosque in the UK as it is the case for jewish, in order for Muslim couples to ensure that they enjoy the financial security and other benefits afforded by a civil marriage.
The Nikkah ceremony, although valid in the Islamic sense, is actually not recognise as being a valid marriage in its own right in the UK.
Under English law, muslim couples who are in Nikkah and without civil marriage are generally considered to be co-habiting and 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 uncertain rights in regards to pensions, benefits or in the event of a dispute or separation.
Therefore, we are aiming that the parliament will consider the issue by changing the actual law and recognise the nikkah certificate as a legal/ valid document of marriage.
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