Sharia Britain - Another Brick In The Wall
Mr Khan wanted to block Mrs Akhter’s divorce on the basis that they are ‘not legally married’ under English law and says they are married ‘under Sharia law only’.
The High Court ruling on Wednesday said their union should be valid and recognised because their vows had similar expectations of a British marriage contract.
This means women married in an Islamic faith ceremony will have an easier time securing a divorce in the UK, paving the way for them to claim half their husband’s assets.
The judge had heard that the couple, who have a Pakistani background, had taken part in a ‘nikah’ ceremony at a restaurant in Southall, west London, nearly 20 years ago and lived in Pinner, Middlesex.
Mrs Akhter said the nikah ceremony was conducted by an Imam before about 150 guests.
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