Case No: CIVIL MARRIAGES / M / F45
Date: 9th March 2000
THE ISLAMIC VERDICT ON CIVIL/REGISTERED MARRIAGES
[Sheikh Omar Bakri Muhammad - Judge of The Shari’ah Court of The UK]
Questions:> What is the Islamic verdict on Civil/Registered Marriages? Are Muslims allowed to marry in registery Offices?
Marriage in Islam is a divine bond between two legitimate parties to enjoy social and intimate relationship with each other and to have children. It is one of the most sacred divine contracts because the subject matter is a human being i.e. The would be wife. Hence not only among the Muslims but also among the Jews and Christians marriage is treated in a very sacred manner by Imam’s, Rabi’s and Priests respectively in Islam marriage is part of the social system which lays down the detailed guidelines about the relationship between the opposite gender i.e. What is the nature of their meeting together, their relationship and the consequences and/or results or outcome of such relationships.
Marriage is a recommended act in Islam and a divine rule which oraganises the relationship between two mature, sane parties in the absence of any divine preventions. This is due to the fact that Allah (SWT) says: "Get married from those women you like whether two or three or four and if you fear that you will deal unfairly with them then keep one or marry from those which your hand possesses" [EMQ 4:3] and "Among his signs is this, that he created you mates from among yourselves, that you may dwell in tranquility with them, and he has put love and mercy between your hearts, verily in that are signs for those who reflect" [EMQ 30:21] and the Messenger Muhammad (saw) said: "marriage is half the Deen".
Verily marriage is half the Deen for it is the fundamental pillar of the social system. We set out below some of the rules surrounding the Islamic marriage.