Arrahman Islamic Centre provides the marriage contract service for Muslim couples in compliance with the Australian legal system. Marriages will be registered with the NSW Registry of Births, Deaths, and Marriages. This service is performed by His Eminence Sheikh Youssef Nabha, the Imam of Masjid Arrahman and a Registered Minister of Religion.
The following are guidelines towards solemnizing a marriage:
1. Providing Notice
It is a legal requirement that you give one month notice and no more than 18 months prior to the intended marriage. Notices that are less than one month will be refused. To give notice, you will need to complete a Notice of Intended Marriage form which can be obtained from our office or can be downloaded at https://www.ag.gov.au.
The bride and groom are required to provide evidence of identity with the Notice of Intended Marriage Form. If born in Australia, an Australian passport or an Australian Birth Certificate (if providing Australian Birth Certificate, photo identification such as Australian Driver’s licence must also be provided) or an Australian Driver’s Licence is accepted.If born outside Australia, a foreign passport or birth certificate is accepted.
3. Legal marriageable age
The legal marriageable age in Australia is 18 years.
A NOIM form can be lodged prior to the 18th birthday, only if the marriage happens after the person turns 18 years old.
4. Terminated marriage
If the bride and/or groom have been previously married, they must provide evidence of how the marriage was terminated. If divorced, a divorce certificate is required. If widow or widower, a death certificate is required.
5. Witnesses on Marriage
A witness for the bride and a witness for the groom is required on the day the marriage will be solemnized.
The bride’s father is required to be present on the day the marriage will be solemnized.
All documents that you provide to the celebrant must be Original. Photocopies are not accepted.