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 an Executive Member 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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Featured Services

Nikkah (Marriage)

In Islam nikkah is a marriage contract, considered as a sacred bond. The Qur’an refers to this as a ‘serious contract’ were 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...

Divorce (Talaq)

The right of divorce is given to the husband, unless stated otherwise in the Marriage `{`nikkah`}` contract. Talaq is to be a last resort, after all other efforts of reconciliation have been attempted and unsuccessful. Talaq is also a responsibility of the husband, who should use it with wisdom and...


The Muslim Law and (Shariah) council UK offers mediation services between married couples in order to reconcile their differences and find solutions to their ongoing problems. Our officers are trained in family matters, and exert every effort necessarily to support and assist our clients in...

Khula (Divorce)

In Islam, a married woman is permitted to seek a termination of her marriage contract through a Shariah Council and Muslim judge. The reasons, for seeking Khula should be founded upon valid reasons, such as immoral behaviour or mistreatment on behalf the husband towards his...

Our Aim and Objects

The Muslim Law (Shariah) Council UK aims to resolve domestic issues and social dilemmas that affect all British citizens today. Matters referred to the Council are deliberated by religious scholars who deliver their verdict simply and concisely. The council consists of Imams, Scholars and legal professionals, all of whom are well versed in the four Sunni Schools of Islamic Jurisprudence. Hanafi, Maliki, Shafi’I and Hanbali Madahibs, adhering to the primary sources the Qur’an and Sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of God be upon him).

The council also provides translators for those clients for whom English is a second language. Our officers are available upon request.

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