"Do not delay in three things: The offering of the obligatory prayer, the offering of the funeral prayer when the deceased’s body is present, the marriage of a woman when her suitable match is found"
Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)
Nikah (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.
There are a number of things to be taken into consideration before one can arrange a Nikah such as:
- Mutual consent from both the bride and groom for the Nikah (marriage)
- Two adult witnesses who will be present at the Nikah
- 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.
Both, Balham Mosque and Tooting Islamic Centre offer provisions for official Nikah ceremonies and certification, with 3 weeks notice. Before a Nikah ceremony can take place at one of our centres, you will require a Civil Marriage certificate. We cannot perform the Nikah service without a Civil Registration.