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What is the difference between Nikah and civil marriage?

According to Islam, a marriage is a legally binding agreement between husband and wife. With this agreement, the couple’s and their future children’s rights are to be safeguarded. The marriage agreement between the couple must be recorded at a Sharia court in Dubai to be valid for Islamic weddings. The registration assures all the legal requirements for Muslims who want to be married in Dubai. Couples should contact their local churches or embassies and follow the marriage laws for non-Islamic weddings. What the Nikah is, how it differs from a civil wedding, and why foreigners tend to choose civil marriages are topics we’ll cover in this post.

Difference between Nikah and civil marriage

The country’s rules are followed when government entities perform civil unions. Concerning the Nikah, an imam conducts the religious ritual. Any nation that observes Islam is eligible to have a Nikah wedding. Islamic countries are popular among Muslims who like holding religious events, and Nikah is how they exchange vows. Some people must, however, register their marriages if they want to live overseas. Muslim expats may have a civil wedding rather than a Nikah to get the legally binding paperwork. Additionally, Muslim couples may choose to be married both ways if they so want.

Our group advises that you have a civil wedding to recognize your marriage certificate globally.

The prerequisites for the Nikah wedding in Dubai

  1. Proposal

Like in every marriage, a proposal is required to start the Nikah process. The woman or the guy may make a marriage proposal if such is the intention. As with Khadijah, the Prophet’s first wife (peace and blessings be upon him), Islam permits women (or their families) to propose, in contrast to many other cultures where it is more common for males to do so.

  1. Acceptance of proposal

Even though you are not obligated to accept the offer immediately, the Qubool is the consent to the statement. During the time between the proposal and acceptance, the couple may have as many dates as they like to get to know one another. However, meetings must take place in public.

  1. The Witnesses

When the Nikah is performed, there must be a minimum of two male witnesses who can attest that the bride and groom chose to say “I do” or “Qubool” of their own free will without being forced to do it so by family members or anyone else. The bride and the groom must consent.

  1. This Mahr (Dower)

The Mahr, a necessary gift the husband must provide to the bride, may be requested by the bride’s family or close friends. The bride often chooses a specific sum of money. The bride may seek a trip, money, or anything else she wants. Unsurprisingly, she is encouraged to exercise common sense and take her future spouse’s income into account. The man’s duty to provide for and take care of his wife is symbolized by the Mahr.

  1. The Wali

“Giving” his daughter in marriage is what the Wali, the bride’s father, does. The Wali will never act on the bride’s behalf without first getting her consent; he always asks for her permission. If the father has died away or if there is another situation that precludes him from “leading her down the aisle,” as it were, another male relative or guardian may step in.

  1. The Nikkah

Any person may preside over the Nikah ceremony if all requirements have been met. The bride and groom say the Arabic phrase “I accept” three times. The contract is signed by the couple, the two male witnesses, and the imam, making the marriage legal in terms of civil and religious law. The contract may be obtained by the couple or by having the imam provide it.

The requirements for a civil marriage in Dubai are as follows:

As Dubai is home to many expats who meet and fall in love, civil marriage in Dubai are highly prevalent. The following legal prerequisites must be satisfied before a Muslim couple may wed:

  1. Marriage agreements must be recorded with a Sharia Court in the UAE.
  1. To get married, both the bride and the groom must be at least 18 years old.
  2. If one spouse is twice as old as the other, the judge must give their consent.
  3. Need a certificate of premarital screening
  4. Two Muslim men must serve as witnesses, and the bride’s father or representative must be present.
  5. The bride must get her father’s or legal guardian’s approval before getting married.
  6. The presence of the bride’s eldest brother, her closest male guardian in the event of her father’s death, is necessary for the marriage to proceed.
  7. Women who have been widowed or divorced must provide documentation of their marital status.
  8. If the bride is Muslim and her father is not, an embassy or consulate must provide a “No Objection” letter.
  9. MOFA (Ministry of Foreign Affairs) must certify the Dubai court marriage certificate.

How can Dubai Marriage Lawyers at Dubai Court Marriage help you?

Most couples who are interested in court marriages or getting married in Dubai contact our team of Dubai marriage lawyers.

However, the following aspects are what primarily draw clients to us:

  • We have worked in the legal profession for decades, not just years. Whether you are Filipino, Indian, or from another nation, we have the knowledge and experience necessary to help you and provide detailed directions on getting married in Dubai.
  • Our staff of skilled Dubai Marriage Lawyers, who are well-versed in family law, can write prenuptial agreements. They are ready to assist you with everything you want, including filing the marriage license to the necessary authorities.
  • Numerous couples we have helped over the years are living happily, whether in Dubai or elsewhere in the country, without having to worry about their marital status. With the help of our professionals, immigration and family law issues in the UAE may be handled properly and quickly.
Hazim Darwish Practicing law for almost a decade, he has in-depth knowledge on UAE legislation with particular expertise on family law, and regulatory compliance for business organizations. Hazim Darwish also provides counsel on legal rights and obligations in the UAE to clients, including individuals and businesses subject to investigation or prosecution under Criminal Law by major regulators.