Luton Islamic Centre Nikah Services
We are honoured to facilitate the sacred journey of matrimony for our community. The Prophet salalahu alaihi was sallam said; “Whoever is able to marry, should marry, for that will help him lower his gaze and guard his modesty”. (Bukhari). It is important to choose a spouse that is righteous. The Prophet advised the men by saying: “marry the religious woman (otherwise) you will be losers”. And he salalahu alaihi was sallam advised the women: “If someone proposes marriage to you whose religion and character satisfies you, then you should accept it. If you do not do so, there will be trials on the earth and the spread of corruption.” (Sunan al-Tirmidhi Sahih)
What is Nikah?:
Nikah is a great blessing and an act of worship. According to the Sharia, Nikah is viewed as a contract by both parties – who agree to live as husband and wife in accordance with the Quran, and the Sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad SAW. Having a relationship outside the bond of Nikah is prohibited in Islam and is a major sin. According to Islam, both the man and the woman have rights over each other when they enter into a contract.
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 the Nikah ceremony or later in the future for her exclusive use.
Luton Islamic Centre requires a Nikah fee. The fee is £75 for the Masjid, any other amount above this is appreciated as a gift. The Nikah will be conducted by Sheikh Abu Suhaib or by someone he has authorized.
A Nikah certificate will be issued one week after the ceremony and it is important that 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.
Below is a list of the required documents needed for a Nikah:
- Each partner must present two forms of identification, one with a photo (e.g. UK driving license 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.
- Filled application form (available from the office or online)
- Original civil marriage certificate (if available)
Please Note: 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. To expedite the process, you can email your documents to: email@example.com
Either one partner must be a resident of Bedfordshire.
- We only conduct a Nikah where both partners are physically present.
- Both partners must be over the age of 18 and all witnesses must be over the age of 18.
- Presence of the Wali (the bride’s father or next of reliable male kin to the bride).
- Presence of two Muslim Male witnesses, with their IDs.
- You can bring along friends and relatives to attend your Nikah.
- In Islam, a Nikah must be entered into freely by both parties. Forced marriages are illegal under Islamic and UK law.
- Nikah application is accepted during administration hours (Mon – Friday 12.30 pm to 7 pm) or any time via email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Applicants must allow up to three weeks for application processing before the Nikah can take place.
- Failure to reply to the LIC when attempts are made to contact you regarding your application will result in termination of your application and also loss of your fee.
Muslim brides and bridegrooms who are not permanent residents in the UK and/or who have dual nationality are advised to consult their respective Embassies to comply with any regulations and/or requirements of their home country, if any, before entering into a UK marriage contract.
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. Conducting a Nikah at Luton Islamic Centre does NOT constitute a Civil Marriage. For further information on Civil Marriage, please contact the Luton Borough Council Registrar’s Office at 6 George St West, Luton, LU1 2BJ.