If someone divorced his wife according to Islam and is now in the process of a legal divorce through the UK courts, can he perform Nikah with another woman before being divorced with the first wife according to UK law?
I'm not sure if the UK law recognises Nikah, but if it does, then this would be going against the law of the land. Am I correct? Then again, if it did, then it would recognise Talaq?
So if UK law doesn't recognise Nikah, then that means that Islamically there should be no sin in marrying the new wife by Nikah, and waiting until the legal divorce for the first wife before legally marrying the new wife according to the UK law?
Can someone please confirm this for me. Would one need to get a scholarly response or fatwa for this?