Assalamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullah
Is a civil registry wedding accepted in Islam?
Can a nikah be performed after a long period of time after a civil wedding?
بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمنِ الرَّحِيْم
In the name of ALLAH the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
There are certain conditions that marriage must meet in order for it to be valid in the sight of the shariah, these are:
An Ijaab (proposal) from one party and the Qubool (acceptance) from the other in one majlis (gathering).
The presence of two male witnesses or one male and two female witnesses, and that they have understood the proposal and acceptance.
If these conditions have been met, then the marriage is valid. A Nikah can be performed after any amount of time after a civil marriage. It would be rewarding to conduct the nikah in an Islamic ceremony so that the Sunnah is fulfilled and it brings about blessings.
And Allah SWT alone knows best
Written by Maulana Imran Mughal
Checked and approved Mufti Mohammed Tosir Miah
Darul Ifta Birmingham
Fatawa Hindiyyah(Beirut: DKI Publishers, 2000), 1:295-298.
This answer was collected from DarulIftaBirmingham.co.uk, which is run under the supervision of Mufti Mohammed Tosir Miah from the United Kingdom.