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I have converted to Islam 8 years ago but my husband does not hold the same religious beliefs. He is Sikh. I stopped all marital relations and it began to divide us greatly. He is rather prejudiced and even ignorant. I tried to make him understand but he wouldn't. I could not continue in that situation so I chose to leave him 3 years ago. It was not an easy decision to make but I wanted to move on with my life.
Last year, I met and fell in love with a good Muslim man. He knows about my past and has still accepted me wholeheartedly. We want to get married and start our own family.
When I left my ex I did not have any wish to meet someone so I did not file for a legal divorce. I was happy to just have my freedom. Now that I have filed for divorce, he is making it difficult.
Is there any way that we can have a nikah before the divorce is finalized? I am advised that it could take at least another two years before I can apply for non-consensual divorce (which in the worst case scenario can also be defended.) We have agreed that we can get legally married once my divorce has been finalized.
If it is possible, where would I go to have this ceremony performed?