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The project to develop a model Muslim marriage contract was initiated by the Muslim Parliament of Great Britain in February, 2004, and was subsequently taken up by the Muslim Institute. The contract was drafted after lengthy consultations with religious leaders, community organisations and women’s groups across the country.

In 2008 the Muslim Institute, Britain’s foremost Muslim think-tank, launched a new model Muslim marriage contract for British Muslims wishing to have a nikah or ‘Islamic marriage’. The launch took place on 8 August 2008 at the City Circle in London and was endorsed by a number of leading Muslim organisations and institutions.

The model Muslim marriage contract was developed by Mufti Barkatulla of the Islamic Sharia Council, with assistance from Dr Ghaysuddin Siddiqui of The Muslim Institute; Usama Hasan, imam, masjid al-Tawhid; and Cassandra Balchin of the Muslim Women’s Network-UK.

This site is managed by the Muslim Institute with assistance from volunteer scholars and activists.

We are grateful to Robbie Griffiths for technical assistance in running the site, and to Omair Barkatulla for design. We also acknowledge the contribution made by Ruqiayyah Waris Maqsood in the early stages of this project.

For details regarding those supporting the initiative, see support.