Welcome to the Muslim Law (Shariah) Council UK

The Muslim Law (Shariah) Council UK was established in October 1985 at a conference held on the 19th– 20th October 1985. It was attended by more than 250 Imams, Muslim Scholars and representatives of Mosques and Muslim Organizations.  The Council was formed to resolve a variety of disputes and issues faced by the Muslim Community. 

Tribute to Maulana Shahid Raza OBE

It is with deep sadness, the team at the Muslim Law (Shariah) Council UK announces the passing of our most senior and beloved Executive Secretary Maulana Shahid Raza OBE on the 6th of September 2022. ‘To God, we belong and to Him, we return’ [Q, 2:156].

As the Executive Secretary of the Shariah Council, he served diligently for more than three decades facilitating and supporting the vulnerable members of the Muslim community.  Maulana Raza was notably recognised for his sympathetic and sensitive approach to handling matters of marital dispute and divorce. During his career, he helped many families reconcile or reach amicable means of separation.

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The Muslim Law (Shariah) Council was established in 1985 under the guidance of numerous scholars and Imams, with the aim of meeting the needs of Muslims in Great Britain. The Council is dedicated in serving the Muslim community in the country by addressing a wide range of social, family, and matrimonial issues and providing Islamic opinions and guidelines based on discussions and consultations held during its meetings. The Council consists of Imams and Muslim scholars of all major Fiqh schools, legal advisors, Islamic Finance experts and professional therapists.

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Case files are securely retained by the Shariah Council for a period of six years from the date of application, after which they are safely destroyed.

Nikah (Marriage)

In Islam, Nikah is a marriage contract and is considered a sacred bond. The Qur’an refers to this as a ‘serious contract’ as both parties have been allocated certain responsibilities to be carried out towards each other with sincerity to God. God acknowledges these deeds as worthy of reward.

Talaq (Divorce)

Talaq is a serious responsibility, and must not be issued except as a very last resort. It is advised to exert all necessary efforts for reconciliation; to discuss and try to resolve the marital issues, or to select a member from each family to arbitrate, or to seek the help of the Imams and so on.


The Muslim Law (Shariah) Council UK offers mediation services for married couples to help find solutions to their ongoing problems. Our mediators are trained and experienced in mitigating marital discord, offering practical solutions and guidance based on Islamic teachings.


Khula is when a married woman initiates divorce proceedings.
This should be done for valid reasons, such as the husband displaying immoral behaviour, mistreatment, or if he doesn’t provide maintenance.
Like talaq, it should be considered as a last resort.

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