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If you have ever visited Masjid al-Haram in Makkah or Masjid al-Nabawi in Madina, you must have seen people performing Nikah. I always wondered if it is legal to perform Nikah in Makkah or Madina.
Is it legal to perform Nikah in Masjid al-Haram?
As far as Saudis are concerned, they can perform Nikah in Makkah or Madina without any problem.
However, expats are still reluctant to perform Nikah in Makkah. Many expatriates living in Saudi Arabia do not encourage others to perform Nikah in Masjid al-Haram or Masjid al Nabawi.
Is Nikah performed in Makkah registered legally?
If you have seen someone performing Nikah in Masjid al-Haram, you must have noticed that they note the things like names of witnesses, Mahar, and names of bride and groom in a register.
This is not a legal register but just a notebook. So yes, your Nikah has been performed religiously but not legally. To register Nikah legally, you have to follow a separate procedure.
Nikah in Masjid al-Haram on Umrah Visa
Some people want their Nikah performed in Masjid al-Haram or Masjid al-Nabwi. So, they take Umrah Visa, and the whole family comes to Masjid al-Haram to perform Nikah.
No one stops them from doing it, and Nikah is performed religiously. Religiously speaking, Nikah is no more than proposal and acceptance in front of witnesses.
But even after this, they will have to register it either in Saudi Arabia through the process explained above or once they go back to their home countries.