My name is Muhammed Edwars. I am authorised by the Attorney-General's office to solemnise civil marriage and certified by the Islamic Council of Victoria (ICV) to conduct Islamic marriage 'nikah'. This unique combination ensures that your marriage is valid according to law in Australia as well as according to Islamic jurisprudences. I perform weddings in Melbourne and other cities in Australia. I conduct the ceremony in English and/or Indonesian for your convenience.

Monday, April 18, 2011

So, You are ready but don't know where to start?

I offer a combination of Islamic and civil rites to solemnise your marriage. The Islamic ceremony (nikah) will ensure you that the contract you are about to enter is not only witnessed by your family and friends, but also recognised and blessed by Allah and His angels. The civil rites will make your wedding recognised by the Australian Law and ensure your rights are protected. So, how do we do this?

A. Paper work prior to the wedding day
  1. Make an appointment by phone or email (detail on my complete profile under ‘About ME’).
  2. During our first meeting, I will assist you to complete Notice of Intended Marriage (NOIM). Under Marriage Act 1961, a couple intending to get married in Australia must complete NOIM and sign it witnessed by a Marriage Celebrant no less than 1 month and no more than 18 months prior to the marriage being solemnised.
  3. In completing NOIM, original Birth Certificate or authorised extract of such certificate must be produced. Alternatively, an Australian or overseas passport in lieu of the birth certificate is acceptable. If one cannot produce a birth certificate or overseas passport the Celebrant will take a Statutory Declaration with details of birth date, place and parents' names together with an explanation as to why the birth certificate is not available.
  4. In the case of persons previously married an original copy of your Decree Absolute or an original copy of the Death Certificate must be produced before the marriage can take place.
  5. Prior to the wedding, both parties will be required to sign a declaration stating that you believe there is no legal impediment to the marriage between yourself and your partner. This is a legal document and calls for honesty at all times. 
  6. One week before the wedding, I require The Bride and The Groom To Be to attend the 'guide to happy and blessed marriage' briefing that covers; intention, rights/responsiblities and dos/don'ts in marriage. 

B. Sample of a Wedding Ceremony
  1. Welcoming/Monitum 
  2. Wedding Sermon. It contains advices about human relationship and marriage. 
  3. Ijab-Qabul or Offer and Acceptance. The Wali (male paternal relative of the bride, usually her father or her brother) pronounce the Ijab statement and the groom respond to it by making the Qabul statement. At least two practicing Muslims males (or one male and two females) are present and witness the pronouncement of ijab-qabul. 
  4. Exchange of vows and presenting the dowry or mahr. The groom will hand in the dowry to his bride. While presenting the dowry to the bride, the groom and the bride exchange vows. 
  5. Signing documents.
  6. Marriage Supplication.
  7. Presentation of the couple and closing the ceremony 
Please note that the above procession is only a draft to give you some ideas. The items of procession and their orders are very much based on your inputs and suggestions. After all, it’s YOUR WEDDING!


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  2. R there any charges and registering fee if any to obtain marriage certificate. Plus also guide wat if brides parents can't attend..she can still marry with witnesses around?

  3. Please also guide, incase of second marriage, first wife being alive, does the Australian law have any restrictions