Procedure to perform marriage in Masjid-e-Quba (North London Mosque Trust)
70-72 Cazenove Road, London N16 6AA
Those who wish to perform marriage either Marriage Registration or Nikah in Masjid-e-Quba should contact one of the NLMT appointed Marriage Registrars. They are: –
· Ismail Patel – In person at the Masjid
· Eusoof Dawood Amerat – 07815 509716
· Suleman Mulla – 07951 123213
These individuals also carry the official status of being “Authorised Persons”, as they have been appointed by the Home Office to perform Marriage Registration in our Masjid. Once you contact them, they will discuss the matter with you, explain the procedures that need to be followed, and agree a date for the Marriage Registration and Nikah ceremony to take place in the Masjid. Please also note the following:
Marriage Registration: A Marriage Registration that takes place in a Registrar Office is called a “Civil Marriage”. If the Marriage Registration takes place in a religious venue, such as a church, mosque or synagogue, it is called an “SRC (Superintendent Registrar Certificate) Registration”. In simple terms, SRC Registration is a combination of “civil and religious” marriage; hence, it includes both “civil and religious” formalities. The civil formality procedure includes “Words of Declaration, a Contract and signing some documents”. The religious formality procedure includes “Recitation of the Qur’an, a nikah sermon (khutbah) and dua”. SRC Registrations can only be performed by authorised persons and in an authorised building.
If a couple wants to perform SRC Registration at Masjid-e-Quba, the couple needs to first give notice at a Registrar Office, informing them that you would like the Marriage Registration to take place at “North London Mosque, 70 Cazenove Road, London N16 6AA”. The notice is given in order to obtain a “Certificate for Marriage” document from the Registrar Office. Where the man and woman live in different Registration Districts, they have to give separate notice in both their respective districts, and each has to collect their “Certificate for Marriage” document. Some boroughs in London will issue “Certificate for Marriage” documents to both parties.
Please note that since 2nd March 2015, the notice period for British & EEA nationals has been increased from 15 to 28 days. Where one or both parties is a non EEA national with limited or no immigration status, the Home Office may extend the notice period to 70 days. For further details please contact the Registrar Office or Home office.
Nikah: Marriage Registration provides legal protection to both (the bride and groom). However, as the UK law recognises only Marriage Registration and it does not recognise the Nikah (Islamic Marriage); the interests of both parties can generally only be safeguarded through a Marriage Registration. Hence, we do not perform the nikah only in this Masjid. Also, since performing the nikah is Sunnah and there is much greater blessing in it, whenever a couple wants to perform Marriage Registration we also perform a nikah at the same time unless the couple has already performed their nikah.
The “Marriage Registration and nikah” ceremonies are performed on same day. However, if there is a request to perform them on different days, the Marriage Registration is performed first – in this case the Marriage Registration will be commenced by stating the value of the mahr (dowry), followed by the nikah sermon, pronouncement of the “words of declaration” and the “words of contract”, signing the documentations and finally a dua’.
On receiving the “Certificate for Marriage” documents from the Registrar Office, please hand them over to the NLMT Marriage Registrar, with a completed Nikah Application form and £100 fees (£50 for Marriage Registration and £50 for Nikah). Please ensure the contents of the Nikah Application form are correct, as the same information provided will be transferred onto the “Nikah Certificate”. Please observe not to take any photo or video in the Masjid premises, as it is part of the etiquette of this Masjid.
Issued By: NLMT Marriage Registrars