Family life is the building block of a successful society, and marriage is an occasion of great joy in the Muslim community. The newly-married couple is provided with an official ‘Nikah’ certificate to show they have been married according to Islamic Law.
- Guardian (Wali) for the bride :
The Bride must be represented by her Wali which is a male relative. Examples of a Wali include father, brother, son, paternal uncle, grandfather, etc. The following people cannot be a Wali: maternal uncle, other women even if relatives, friends, etc.
- Dowry (Mahr):
The dowry should be discussed and agreed upon by both parties before the Nikah ceremony to avoid dispute and misunderstandings.
- Two adult male Muslim witnesses:
These witnesses can be anyone as long as they fulfill the foregoing requirements. There is no requirement to have on witness from the bride’s side and one from the groom’s side. Nor is it required to have two from each side. Nor do the witnesses have to be relatives. There is nothing wrong if they happen to be relatives.