MUSLIM MARRIAGE IN MALAYSIA
WHEN MARRIAGE IS SOLEMNISED IN ANOTHER COUNTRY
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FOR MUSLIMS (NO FOREIGN SPOUSE) #
For couples who registered their marriage at any Islamic religious agencies or Islamic religious centres abroad but did not register their marriage at the Malaysian Embassy, High Commissions or Consulate, they are required to submit their Certificate of Marriage or any documents related to the marriage and certified by the Islamic religious bodies in foreign country for the purpose of re-register their marriage in Malaysia.
Upon returning to Malaysia, Muslim couples are required to re-register their marriage with the State Religious Department within 6 months from their return to Malaysia, failure of which a penalty will be imposed for late registration.
Applicants must submit the following documents as follows:
- Photocopies of Identity Card for Husband and Wife;
- Photocopies of passport for husband or wife who is not a Malaysian citizen;
- A certified true copy of the Certificate of Conversion into Islam (if applicable);
- A certified true copy of Letter of Authorisation for Marriage (if applicable);
- A certified true copy of death certificate along with original copy of Certification of Marriage if the applicant spouse passed away or is presumed dead;
- An original and certified true copy of Marriage Certificate along with the copy translated in National or English Language;
- A certified true copy of Divorce Certificate or any divorce documents recognised by the Court (if applicable);
- A Letter of Wali if Wali is unable to attend the ‘Nikah’ or marriage solemnisation ceremony;
- Any documents relating to the marriage that are certified by the religious authorities of the country where the marriage took place.
Akad Nikah IN FOREIGN COUNTRY (FOR MUSLIMS) #
The marriage solemnisation ceremony could be done at the Malaysian embassy, high commission or consulate in the foreign country and it may be conducted by the following person as follows:
- Wali for Muslim woman, the marriage ceremony to be conducted before the Registrar for marriage, divorce and rujuk’ appointed by the religious agency in that foreign country (if applicable); or
- A representative of Wali with the permission of the registrar (if applicable); or
- The registrar for marriage, divorce and rujuk’ appointed by the religious agency (if applicable).
- Wali Raja or Wali Hakim for Muslim woman who does not have wali nasab.
The registrar is encouraged to provide a detailed briefing or explanation about Islamic marriage to the couples who re-register their marriage.
The marriage ceremony which is held in any Islamic religious centre shall be conducted in accordance with the Syariah law that is being enforced in that foreign country.