Law & Order: Can a Muslim Woman Marry a non-Muslim in the UAE

  • Publish date: Monday، 16 October 2023
Law & Order: Can a Muslim Woman Marry a non-Muslim in the UAE

In the United Arab Emirates (UAE), marriage laws are primarily based on Islamic Sharia law, but there are some provisions that allow Muslim women to marry non-Muslim men. However, there are certain conditions and requirements that must be met, and these conditions can vary based on the emirate within the UAE. It's essential to consult with local authorities or religious scholars for the most up-to-date and accurate information as rules and regulations can change.

What is the process of marriage certification in UAE?

The process of obtaining a marriage certificate in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) can vary depending on the emirate in which you plan to get married. The general steps to obtain a marriage certificate in the UAE are as follows:

  1. Preparation of Required Documents:

    • Both parties should prepare the necessary documents. These typically include passports, residence permits or visas, and pre-marital medical certificates.
    • For Muslim marriages, you may need a certificate of no objection from the respective embassies or consulates.
    • If either party is a UAE citizen, they will need to provide a family book or a certificate of single status.
  2. Visit the Marriage Section: You will need to visit the Marriage Section or the relevant authority in the emirate where you plan to get married. This may be a Sharia court, the Marriage Department, or another government office.

  3. Submit Application:

    • Fill out an application for marriage.
    • Pay the necessary fees.
  4. Contract and Documents Review:

    • Your documents will be reviewed to ensure they are in order.
    • You may be asked to sign a marriage contract.
  5. Marriage Ceremony:

    • In the presence of two witnesses (male for the groom, female for the bride), the marriage ceremony will take place. The details can vary based on your cultural and religious preferences.
  6. Marriage Certificate Issuance:

    • After the ceremony, you will be issued a marriage certificate. This certificate is proof of your marriage and will be required for various legal and administrative purposes.
  7. Translation and Attestation (if applicable): If you are a foreign national, you may need to have the marriage certificate translated into your home country's language and attested at your embassy or consulate for it to be recognized internationally.

Please note that this is a general overview, and the specific requirements and procedures can vary by emirate. It is advisable to check with the relevant authorities in the specific emirate where you plan to get married for the most up-to-date and accurate information on the marriage certification process. Additionally, it's important to ensure that you meet all legal and cultural requirements specific to your situation, whether it's an interfaith marriage or other special circumstances.

In general, a Muslim woman in the UAE who wishes to marry a non-Muslim man may be required to:

  1. Obtain the permission of her guardian: In Islamic tradition, a Muslim woman typically requires the consent of her guardian (usually her father, grandfather, or a male relative) to marry. If her guardian approves of the marriage to a non-Muslim, it may proceed.

  2. A non-Muslim man may be required to convert to Islam: In some cases, authorities may require the non-Muslim partner to convert to Islam before the marriage can take place. The specific requirements can vary between emirates.

  3. Obtain legal documentation: Both parties must provide the necessary documentation to get married legally. This can include passports, residence permits, and other relevant paperwork.

  4. Follow the legal procedures: The marriage process may involve several legal procedures, including submitting an application to the relevant authorities and obtaining a marriage certificate.

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