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Readers Respond: Sample Islamic Marriage Contracts

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The process of signing an Islamic marriage contract is usually a private affair, involving only the immediate families of the bride and groom. Each party is responsible for determining contract "conditions" and the appropriate mahr (bridal gift). How much was your mahr? What conditions did you and your spouse add to the contract? Reading examples can help others when they are faced with this major decision. Share Your Example

Marriage Contract Rights

My Marriage Contract has three stipulations: (1) Wife can drive cars and motorcycles without permission, (2) Wife can travel without permission, (3) Wife can work without permission. Marriage was done in Qatar Sharia Court. -Wife
—Guest Lacey Sloan

My Child

My so called ex-wife doesn't want me to see my child. She says that I must stay away from my baby and if I go to court she will take the baby and run. Please help me, what can I do? I really miss my baby girl and love her with all my heart. [Moderator Response: It is impossible to advise you without knowing your country's laws and the circumstances around your marriage, divorce, and custody arrangements. In Islam, both parents have the right to be part of their children's lives, and fathers have an obligation and a right to support their children. I suggest you discuss your situation with a family lawyer in your community who can advise you on custody and visitation enforcement. May Allah make it easier for you.]
—Guest mahomed shafee cassim

Muslim woman marrying a Christian man?

Hi, I'm a Moroccan Muslim woman (living for long time in Spain, but still without Spanish nationality) and I want to have a recognized Muslim marriage or mixed marriage in Morocco with a Non-Muslim (Christian) South African man... any way to make it true, please? [Moderator Response: Although I'm not familiar with Spanish or Moroccan law, it may be possible to register your marriage legally in those countries. However, it would not be a "recognized Muslim marriage" in a spiritual sense, as interfaith marriages are not allowed for Muslim women, according to the Quran and Islamic law.]
—Guest Nora

Conversion Documentation Required?

I am a new Muslim for almost 7 months and now me and my girl plan to get married in Islam. But we do not have our certificate of conversion. Is it possible for me and my girl to get married in Islam but I know for sure that we have records that we are converted. Thanks. [Moderator Response: This depends on your location, the local laws, and the policies of the Muslim officials in your area. If you are known to the mosque community, they may officiate at your wedding without the conversion documents. Others may require them. Please inquire locally.]
—Guest malek

Additional conditions after marriage

I have got married but I couldn't write down my special conditions in my official marriage contract that me and my husband have signed at the Ministry of Justice in Cairo. (He is Egyptian and I am nonegyptian). I would like to know if there is any solution to make now any valid contract where I can write down my additional conditions and how can I make it and where, just to be valid and accepted by Egyptian law? Or it is late for that because we already signed and got our official marriage contract? [Moderator note: My understanding is that under Islamic law, conditions may be added to the marriage contract after-the-fact, with the approval of both parties. It is best to put this in writing, observed by witnesses, and signed by both spouses. I'm sorry but I don't know how this is done under Egyptian regulations, but you or your husband should be able to ask locally.]
—Guest enna

Asking for forgiveness

As for my last post.. you are right. Since then I've been asking for Allah's forgiveness for all bad things I've done after my conversion. I've been through rough times and still I can feel Allah guidance until this moment. I am trying to put my life onto the right track. I will accept what I deserved, but things are not easy as a lot of people are involved and may be hurt. I have nobody to talk to. My heart is weeping for forgiveness until the last breath I will take. Please pray for me. [Moderator note: You are in my prayers. May Allah ease your burden.]
—Guest babesphil

Unregistered conversion and marriage

I am converted Muslim and married. My conversion is not registered anywhere, nor is our marriage. After 8 months of marriage he left to his home country and when he came back he wanted to marry his own nationality. I didn't agree. He divorced me by telling the court that I am not in the country anymore. My question is my convertion and marriage in Islam recognised in my country? And the divorce he applied is possible? [Moderator note: Your conversion does not need to be registered, and is not in any way related to your marriage. So your conversion is valid. I am not in a position to advise you about your marriage/divorce without more details of your situation and local law. I would advise you to seek local counsel regarding this question. May Allah give you strength and lighten your burden.]
—Guest babes

Ring and dowry enough?

I embraced Islam more than 10 yrs ago now. I met a Muslim man and he said that he will marry me. He gave me a ring and dowry and he said that he is marrying me through this way only. He said that if I accept him as my husband, then we are already married. I convinced myself that it is halal and accepted him as my husband. Is our marriage valid or not? [Moderator note: From your description, it sounds like two conditions of marriage are missing: two adult witnesses, and the consent of the bride's representative (wali) if this is your first marriage. I would advise you to seek advice from a local Islamic center to ensure the marriage is valid.]
—Guest sarah

No organized party?

I will be very glad to know whether my marriage will be valid without party organized during my wedding day as a Muslim? -Moderator Response: A public announcement of the marriage is required in Islam, but an organized party is optional. Your marriage will be valid without one, as long as your marriage is witnessed, a mahr is given, and it is announced.

New Muslim Stepdad

I am English and a non believer. My mother is a Christian who married a Muslim 5 months after meeting him. My family said it was too quick, but my mum has always been weak to men. He is never at home either uni or work (apparently) and while my mum is on a minimum wage job, he hardly ever contributes towards the household bills or food. My mum says he will when he has finished uni however I am finding it hard to believe that. When he is here he spends a lot of time on the phone to his "family" but never includes me, my mum, or my sister. I always see my mum upset because of the absence and her dreams are not her reality. I certainly do not trust him; I also believe he has another wife. Don't get me wrong, I have tried very hard to get to know him and make him feel welcome. However I can't see why he wants my mum unless it's just to stay in this country. Pleaseeeeee somebody help me or point me in the right direction - if not, at least share similar stories. Thanks, Tanzy
—Guest Tanzy

How to remarry if not divorced

I'm a convert to Islam, and not divorced from my ex-husband. We have been separated for 3 years. If I find the love of my life and we marry the Islamic way, is our marriage legal? Thnx.
—Guest aish

Is my Islamic marriage still recognized?

I"m Catholic and my ex husband is Muslim.We have a child together. We had an Islamic marriage and later a civil marriage. A year into our marriage things started to go sour. I wasn't aware he had a substance abuse problem that later turned into drug addiction. After a few years of my trying to help him with rehab etc, I finally gave up. I filed for civil divorce after 5 years of waiting for him to get his act together. He says we are still married according to Islamic law. Can you tell me if our Islamic contract is recognized in Massachusetts?

Married as Christians, want a divorce

Salam, I am from the Philippines, and have been married for 25 years under a civil contract. My husband decided to work in Saudi and converted as a Muslim. As a wife... He encouraged me to study and learn about Islam, which I did. I also converted with my husband as a witness, though I don't have any certificate regarding my conversion. Our marriage as any other relationship, is going thru a lot of trials and difficulties which in time has resulted in us falling out of love. We have tried to work it out for a long time, that is why we reached this 25th year, but really we don't feel love for each other anymore. My question is... Are we allowed to get an Islamic divorce, although we got married when we were both Christians and under civil marriage? What should we do so as to make our separation legal according to Islamic teachings? I am really confused regarding this. May you help enlighten me on this matter. Thank you May Allah (swt) bless you.
—Guest Saffiyah


Dowry doesn't necessarily have to be money, but anything with the value of money, as practiced by the Prophet Muhammad s.a.w.s. in his marriage with Safiyyat.
—Guest Muhd

Need answers

My boyfriend is Muslim but I'm not. He is already married under New York law, but they have been separated for two years (married for fourteen). He wants to marry me in the Muslim faith. Is that possible?
—Guest jenny j

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