In a sign of things to come, a British court has recognised Sharia Law for the first time in the UK.
The UK’s Telegraph reported that the UK’s High Court found that an Islamic religious ceremony called a ‘nikah’, which is a Sharia marriage contract between a man and woman falls under Britain’s matrimonial law.
This means that the divorce case between the couple can be brought to court in the UK and sets a precedented for other Sharia marriages in the country.
Prime Minister Theresa May commissioned a report during her tenure as Home Secretary which showed that many Muslim women in the UK do not realise they need a second civil marriage as well as an Islamic one, in order to have a legal status in the country, the UK Express reported.
This case marks a landmark shift in British law, people of other faiths however will still need a civil marriage license to obtain legal matrimonial status.
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