Muslim marriages which are not preceded by a civil marriage will from now on not be concluded in the As-Soenna mosque in The Hague, the radical imam of the mosque, Fawaz Jneid, promised the new mayor, Jozias van Aartsen.
The mosque will also post on its website that marriages are allowed only if the couple is first married according to the municipality, reports De Telegraaf.
Marriages which are concluded only in the mosque are forbidden in the Netherlands. Women have therefore no rights if their husbands leave and are therefore vulnerable to abuse.
A municipality spokesperson says that there are many more mosques in the Netherlands who conduct illegal Muslim marriages.
The spokesperson explained that the As-Soennah mosque is ceasing the illegal practices because for the first time it was asked. Many Muslims don't know that civil marriage is required in the Netherlands.
Source: Elsevier (Dutch)
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