Most women in UK who have Islamic wedding miss out on legal rights

Source: The Guardian

Religion correspondent

Six in 10 women in the UK who have had a traditional Muslim wedding ceremony are not in legally recognised marriages, depriving them of rights and protection, according to a survey.

It found that nearly all married Muslim women have had a nikah, a religious marriage ceremony, but 61% had not gone through a separate civil ceremony which would make the marriage legal under UK law.

If the marriage breaks down, women who have only had a nikah are unable to go to the family court to seek a division of assets, such as the family home and spouse’s pension.

The survey was carried out for a Channel 4 documentary, The Truth About Muslim Marriage, to be broadcast on Tuesday. Female Muslim researchers questioned 923 women in 14 cities in Britain.

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  1. In case they are ‘first wives’ the Imams really should ask for the civil registration certificate before performing the Nikah. In case of being an ‘additional wife’ the Imam (or someone else) should make it absolutely clear to the wife what she is missing out on. The husband should be shown how he can and must compensate the lack of governmental benefits. This can be done with ‘wills’ and/or life insurancances etc. This is an important and urgent task!

    This is how I try to balance the fact that this wife does not have government benefits:

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