Prayer Timings

Nikkah Services

النِّكَاحُ مِنْ سُنَّتِي

Marriage is part of my sunnah ” (Sunan Ibn Majah)

Introduction 

If you intend to get married at Masjid, at least a month before the ceremony, you and your partner must attend an interview and lodge a Notice of Intended Marriage. The Notice remains valid for up to 18 months.

You can lodge your Notice and attend the interview at Masjid (with appointment).

What you’ll need

  • access to a printer
  • your personal and contact details
  • your original birth certificates, or original passport/s if born overseas
  • if either party has been previously married, evidence of the termination of the marriage  
  • your payment
  • the PDF forms:
    • ‘Notice of Intended Marriage’

How to apply

  1. Check the eligibility requirements.
  2. Download the ‘Notice of Intended Marriage form‘ and complete the Notice.
  3. Put all forms and the necessary documentation together.
  4. Lodge your Notice with payment, and confirm the date and time for the Nikah ceremony.
  5. Both partners must visit the Masjid in person.

Who’s eligible?

  • From 1 August 1991, the marriageable age is 18 years. If a person, not yet 18, wishes to marry prior to their 18th birthday, only a court empowered to give a ‘Section 12’ order can give authority for this marriage to be solemnised.
  • A Notice of Intended Marriage may be lodged prior to the 18th birthday, as long as the marriage occurs after the birthday.
  • Your original birth certificates, or original passport/s if born overseas. If these are in another language, they must be officially translated into English.
  • If either party has been previously married, you must provide the marriage celebrant with evidence of the termination with either an original divorce certificate (if divorced) or an original death certificate (if widowed). Certificates in a foreign language must be translated into English by an authorised interpreter/translator service.
  • Photocopies are not accepted.

Things to keep in mind…

  • The Notice of Intended Marriage form is valid for up to 18 months.
  • If either party has been previously married, you must provide the marriage celebrant with evidence of the termination with either a Divorce Certificate (if divorced) or a full Death Certificate (if widowed).
  • Certificates in a foreign language must be translated into English by an authorised interpreter/translator service.
  • Photocopies are not accepted. 
  • If your fiancé is not Australian, and you wish to live in Australia, you will need to lodge official copies of your overseas marriage certificate with the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.
  • The lodgement fee is non-refundable.
  • Appointments for interviews can be made via phone (0414 700 209) or email (info@rootyhillmasjid.com.au).

Find out our fees

Costs below include the Fee to Lodge Notice of Intended Marriage and issue of a Standard Marriage Certificate and GST

  • Marriages during business hours: Monday to Friday, 8am to 4:30pm. Fee is A$500, including ceremony fee.

Credit card surcharge may apply.

Payment methods

For transactions at masjid, you can pay with:

  • cash (in Australian currency)
  • cheque (personal, bank or agency drawn)
  • credit or debit card (MasterCard, Visa or EFTPOS)

Please note that you may need to pay a merchant fee when paying by credit or debit card.

Proof of identification (ID)

To protect your privacy, all certificate applications must be accompanied by ID. The application can only be used if the marriage occurred in NSW.

Please provide at least three forms of ID, one of each from Categories 1, 2 and 3. If you are unable to provide identification from Categories 1 and 2, you must still provide at least three forms of ID. At least two of these must be from Category 3.

All documents except foreign passports must be current. Identity documents required for each category are:

Category 1
If born in Australia:

  • An Australian Birth Certificate

If an immigrant:

  • Citizenship Certificate
  • New Zealand Citizenship Certificate together with passport
  • New Zealand Birth Certificate

Category 2

  • Australian Driver’s Licence
  • Australian Passport
  • Firearms Licence
  • Foreign Passport
  • Proof of Age card

Category 3

  • Medicare Card
  • Credit or Debit Card
  • Centrelink or Department of Veterans Affairs Card
  • Security/Crowd Control Licence
  • Tertiary Education Institution ID Card

Category 4

  • Recent utility account with current residential address

 

If you cannot comply with these requirements, please contact us for advice.

 Australian marriage laws

A person guilty of an offence against the Commonwealth Marriage Act, 1961, is liable to a heavy penalty. There are penalties for such offences as:

  • A person who is married shall not go through a form of ceremony of marriage with any person, section 94(1).
  • A person shall not go through a form of marriage ceremony with a person who is not of marriageable age, section 95(1).
  • A person shall not wilfully make a false statement in a declaration under the Commonwealth Marriage Act, 1961, section 42(8)(b).  

The wedding ceremony

Arrive on ti​me

It’s essential the wedding party arrive 15 minutes before the appointed time for the ceremony and report to Reception. Note also that food is not allowed except sweets. It is suggested the wedding party and guests observe a standard of dress appropriate to the occasion.

Wedding vows

  • Both partners sign declarations that they are over the age of 18 years, not legally married to someone else and are not directly related to each other.
  • They then exchange vows, for example, do you wish to take (Name) as your spouse in marriage?
  • The Certificate of Marriage is signed by both partners and two witnesses; and then presented to the married couple.

You will ​need two witnesses

  • The Masjid does not offer witnesses. The couple must arrange for two witnesses who can speak and understand English, and are at least 18 years of age, to be present. If there are interpreters present, they must be independent of the witnesses. Ensure two witnesses are arranged as the marriage cannot take place without them.

Arrange an inte​rpreter if needed

  • The Masjid does not offer interpreters except URDU & Punjabi. If either partner has difficulty speaking or understanding English, please ensure you have an interpreter present for the ceremony. If agreed at your initial interview that an interpreter is required, then the parties must arrange for this, otherwise the ceremony cannot take place.

 Divorce

The Masjid does not handle matters relating to divorce.

The Family Court of Australia can assist with your enquiries. When filing for divorce, the Family Court will ask to see a copy of your standard marriage certificate. If you were married in NSW and require a copy, please complete a Marriage certificate application. For enquiries about proof of divorce:

 Need help?

We’re happy to help you with this transaction.

Feel free to call us on 0414 700 209