A High Court judge has been asked to decide whether an estranged couple who took part in an Islamic wedding ceremony in a London restaurant are married under English law.

Solicitor Nasreen Akhter says her 1998 "Islamic faith marriage" to Mohammed Shabaz Khan constitutes a "valid marriage" and wants a divorce.

Mr Khan, who was involved in a property business, disagrees and wants to stop Ms Akhter staging any fight over money in a London court.

Lawyers say the case could have implications.

Mr Justice Williams is analysing evidence and legal argument at a trial in the Family Division of the High Court in London.

He examined preliminary issues at a hearing in February.

The judge heard that the couple, who have a Pakistani background, had lived in London, Birmingham and Dubai.

They had taken part in a "nikah" ceremony at a restaurant in Southall , nearly 20 years ago.

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Mrs Akhter says the nikah ceremony was conducted by an Imam before about 150 guests.

She says Mr Khan became her "husband" and he had considered her his "wife".

Mr Khan wants to block Mrs Akhter's divorce application on the basis that they are "not legally married" under English law.

He says they are married "under Sharia law only".

Barrister Paula Rhone-Adrien, who is leading Mr Khan's legal team, said the case could have implications for people of a number of faiths.

She told the judge: "If the High Court decides that the parties were married, then that means potentially all Muslims, Hindus and Sikhs could seek for their religious ceremonies to be recognised as legally binding."

An experts' review into the application of Sharia law was published in February after being commissioned by the Home Office.

Prime Minister Theresa May had asked for a review when she was home secretary. She wanted to explore whether Sharia law was being applied in a way that was incompatible with domestic legislation.

A panel of experts, which included an academic and lawyers, said Muslim couples should be required to undergo civil marriages in addition to Muslim ceremonies to bring Islamic marriage legally into line with Christian and Jewish marriage.