Nikaah (Marriage Service)
Nikaah (marriage) is a sacred social contract between bride and groom and is strongly encouraged in Islam. It is declared to be one half of a Muslim’s faith. In another narration the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) has been reported to have said,
Do not delay in three things:
- The offering of the obligatory prayer
- The offering of the funeral prayer when the deceased body is present
- The marriage of a woman when her suitable match is found
There are a number of things to be taken into consideration before one can arrange a Nikaah such as:
- Mutual consent from both the bride and groom for the Nikaah (marriage)
- Two adult witnesses who will be present at the Nikaah
- Mahr – The marriage-gift (Mahr) is a divine injunction. The giving of mahr to the bride by the groom is an essential part of the contract and may be paid in cash, property or movable objects to the bride herself. The amount of mahr is not legally specified, however, moderation according to the existing social norm is recommended. The mahr may be paid immediately to the bride at the time of marriage, or deferred to a later date, or a combination of both. The deferred mahr however, falls due in case of death or divorce.
South London Islamic Centre offer provisions for official Nikaah ceremonies along with Nikaah certificates for those who wish to get married under Islamic law.
Marriage counselling is available to those experiencing problems or those wanting advice on marriage. An appointment will have to be made with the Imam in advance by contacting the office.
For advice on how the Nikaah is performed or if you are interested in having a Nikaah done please contact the following numbers:
Sheikh Mumtaz – 07985 441 231
Sheikh Ubaid – 07846 494 151