Nikah is a Muslim marriage legal contract between husband and wife and it is necessary according to Islamic teaching. The Islamic marriage announced openly in public, Nikah ceremony arrange before Nikah and at least two witnesses would be there and a Imam or religious person. The bride should have a wali or guardian with her, presence of marriage witnesses the mahar amount declared mahar is a marriage gift which is given by groom to bride on this occasion. After all these settlements Imam offer Niukah Khutbah which include Quranic verses and Islamic orders, after this Khutbah both the bride and groom becomes legal husband and wife.

All these terms and conditions of Nikah which are mutually accepted by both parties and written on a legal document with bride and groom signatures along with their witnesses and their guardians is known as Nikahnama, usually it has four copies one for couple, one for counsel record, one for Nikah registrar and last for District record. Nikahnama is dully filled by Nikah registrar and signatures from all relevant persons, it is a legal proof of marriage in Islam. Imam announce loudly all terms and conditions of Nikah in gathering and normally Nikah ceremony held in Mosque or open space.


How to get Nikkah Nama (Marriage Certificate) if it is lost

‘Nikah Nama’ (marriage contract) is a legal document certifying the solemnization of marriage between a husband and wife. Under the Muslim Family Law Ordinance 1961, It is mandatory that the Nikah Nama is registered with the local Union Council, where an original copy of Nikah Nama is kept as public record and two other copies to be served to bride and groom.

If you have lost your Nikkah Nama, or you need to obtain a duplicate/certified copy of your Nikah Nama, the best course of action is to contact concerned authorities of Union Council where it was registered and apply for a certified and attested copy.


The marriage certificate for Muslims, the Nikah Nama, is registered with a Nikah Registrar, who is appointed by the municipality, Panchayat committee, cantonment board or union council. The original is always in Urdu, although attested translations may be provided. Marriagecertificates for religious minorities (Christians, Hindus, Parsis) are issued by church or temple leaders, and unlike Muslim marriages, registered with local authorities, although they can be made a matter of civil record with subsequent preparation of registrar certificates witnessed by magistrates under the Christian Marriage Act of 1892. Because of frequent marriage fraud, many foreign embassies require wedding photographs in addition to the nikah nama or other certificate as proof of marriage.