HJM Nikah Policy and Booking form Version 2.0 November 2016

The Management of Hounslow Jamia Masjid (HJM) wishes to congratulate prospective couples who wish to marry in accordance with Islamic law (Nikah).

The appointed Head Imam of HJM, Imam Rafique Ahmed Misbahi, performs all Nikah ceremonies which take place in conjunction with Hounslow Jamia Masjid.

A Nikah is not recognised as a valid marriage under English law. Please see the Important Notes below.

The following provides a brief overview of the HJM Nikah booking process.
  1. Booking Form. This is provided below. We recommend that bookings are made at least three weeks prior to the planned date. To make a booking:
    1. Complete the Nikah Booking form and hand the signed form to the admin office, Imam or to a Trustee in the Mosque Office on the ground floor by the men’s prayer area . Alternatively, email admin@hounslowmasjid.co.uk with the completed form.
  2. Booking Fee. Full details of the fees are set out below on the Nikah Booking form. These can be paid on the day of the Nikah by agreement with the Imam. A full receipt will be provided for all payments made. The receipt is to be provided by the person authorised by the Mosque to accept payment (either the Imam or a Trustee).
  3. First meeting with the Imam. Whilst not compulsory, we encourage that the parties to the marriage and/or members of the respective families meet with the appointed Imam, at a mutually agreed time prior to the day of the ceremony. The purpose of this meeting is for a general discussion with the Imam, which may include the Islamic obligations pertinent to marriage and the couple’s personal circumstances. All such discussion will be carried out in confidentiality with the Imam.
  4. Documents required. Please see the documents listed on the Booking form. We advise these are brought to the first meeting, or otherwise on the agreed date of the Nikah ceremony. Originals must be brought together with a clear photocopy for each, to be retained by HJM.
  5. Venue: The Nikah can be typically accommodated in a private room within the Mosque. Should you require a larger room or hall, this can be privately hired. All persons attending the ceremony are kindly requested to observe the Islamic tradition of dressing in keeping with Islamic values. The management reserves the right to refuse admission to anyone who does not comply with this request. See the Agreement Form for Hire of Facilities Version 1 which includes details of charges for the Community hall.
    • Upon request and subject to his availability, the Imam of the mosque can also perform Nikah ceremonies at an alternative venue (i.e. avoiding the congregational prayer times). Additional charges for his time / travel are detailed on the application form.
    • Where a Nikah takes place on the Mosque premises within a privately rented room / hall, the parties are free to select a person other than the Imam to perform the ceremony. This is then a private arrangement not conducted by HJM or its Imam.

Hounslow Jamia Masjid is not registered to solemnise marriages in accordance with English law.

A Nikah which is performed in the UK is not considered a valid marriage under English law and as such provides no enforceable legal marital rights. This is important to note particularly in instances of marriage breakdown or death. For this reason, we encourage all our community to ensure a civil marriage is conducted in a register office in accordance with English law and that this is carried out immediately before or after the Nikah ceremony to preserve the enforceable rights of both parties.

It is for this reason that the Mosque has adopted a policy of only releasing the Nikah certificate once a civil registry marriage has taken place and the certificate (+ 1 copy) are provided.

Hounslow Jamia Masjid will NOT conduct a Nikah which breaches the general requirements of marriage in English law: Under English Law you can get married in the UK if you are:
  1. 16 or over (You need permission from your parents or guardians if you’re under 18)
  2. free to marry (single, divorced or widowed)
  3. not closely related
Useful web links:
UK law: Local Government website: Marriages in Harrow