MUSLIM VIEW OF MARRIAGE
Marriage is a natural institution that is prevalent throughout the world. In Islam, marriage is a highly encouraged practice because it promotes one of the most important social relationships in a society.
There are many verses in the Muslim scripture, the Qur’an, that address the importance of marriage. In Chapter 30, Verse 21, it is said: “And among God’s wonders is this: He creates for you mates from among yourselves, so that you may incline towards them, and he engenders love and tenderness between you. Surely in this are signs for a people who reflect.” In Chapter 7, Verse 189, we are told: “God is the one who created you all from one living entity, and out of it brought into being its mate, so that man might incline with love towards woman.”
The Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said: “Whoever marries has completed half of his faith.”
Although marriage is very important in Islam, the actual marital agreement is not composed of complicated rituals or procedures. The most important element of an Islamic marriage is two individuals, a man and a woman, who freely enter into a marital agreement. Any form of coercion or pressure on either party will invalidate the marriage. The actual contract of marriage is signed by both parties (or they can appoint representatives if that is their preference) and must be performed in front of at least two witnesses. Another component of the Muslim marriage is the requirement that the husband provide his wife with a marital gift, called “Mahr”, which has no specific maximum or minimum. The Quran states in Chapter 4, Verse 4: “And give the women their dowries as a free gift, but if they are pleased to offer you any of it accept it with happiness and with wholesome pleasure.” That is, the gift belongs exclusively to the wife (and not her family). Since it is hers alone, she can keep it or she can share it with her husband or anyone else. The gift can be monetary, jewelry, a promise (i.e. – to pay for her future education), or whatever the two parties agree on. The Mahr is supposed to be a symbolic expression of a man’s commitment to and love for his soon-to-be wife.
PROCEDURE FOR GETTING MARRIED AT THE ISM
If you have found your life partner and you are ready to celebrate your commitment in front of God/Allah (swt) and your community, we are ready to help you. First, we offer you our CONGRATULATIONS! May Allah (swt) bless the two of you as you embark on your new journey together!
If you are familiar with Wisconsin marriage procedures and requirements, then click here to download the Marriage/Nikah Request form. If you want more information about Wisconsin requirements, see the information below.
WHAT IS NEEDED FOR A MARRIAGE LICENSE IN THE UNITED STATES?
An Islamic marriage in the United States is not legally recognized unless it is accompanied by the registration of the marriage with the appropriate authorities in the city where the marriage is performed. That is, if performed in the United States, a recorded civil marriage is the only legal, recognized marriage.
WHAT IS NEEDED FOR A MARRIAGE LICENSE IN WISCONSIN?:
In Wisconsin, a marriage can only be contracted after a marriage license has been issued by the civil authorities and the marriage license is prepared and filed with the civil authorities in the prescribed manner. To be valid, the marriage must be performed before a duly authorized officiating person. The Imam (religious leader) at the ISM is duly authorized to serve as the officiating person.
A civil marriage contract, even if performed by civil authorities (circuit court judge, appointed family court commissioner, etc.), can fulfill the requirements of an Islamic marriage if it includes all the components of an Islamic marriage (free decision of both parties, minimum of two witnesses (which is also required under Wisconsin law), Mahr given to wife, etc.
The ISM Imam will only officiate at marriages that comply with Wisconsin laws.
PROCEDURES FOR OBTAINING A MARRIAGE LICENSE IN WISCONSIN:
The procedures for obtaining a marriage license will depend on the county in which the parties are getting married. Please see the civil authorities in your county for more information. The following sites are provided for your convenience:
If you are going to get married in Milwaukee County, you can hear a detailed voice recording of how to obtain a license by calling (414) 278-4070. Licenses can be obtained from the Milwaukee County Clerk, which is in Room 105 of the Milwaukee County Courthouse, 901 North 9th Street, Milwaukee. Marriage license applications are accepted Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Visit their website at http://county.milwaukee.gov/GettingMarried22000.htm
You can apply for a license at the Waukesha County Administration Center, 515 W. Moreland Blvd. – Room 120, Waukesha, WI 53188. Phone: 262-548-7010.
Visit their website at http://www.waukeshacounty.gov/defaultwc.aspx?id=38131
You can apply for a license at the County Clerk’s Office. Ozaukee County Administration Building (Downtown), 121 W. Main Street, Room 128, Port Washington, WI 53074. Phone: 262-284-9411.
Visit their website at http://www.co.ozaukee.wi.us/countyclerk/MarriageInformation.htm
You can apply for a license at the County Clerk’s Office located on the first floor of the Racine County Courthouse, 730 Wisconsin Avenue, Racine, WI 53403. Phone: 262-636-3122.
Visit their website at http://www.racineco.com/faq/index.aspx?FAQID=7
You can apply for a license at the County Clerk's Office, Kenosha County Administration Bldg., 1010 56th Street, Kenosha, Wisconsin. Phone: 262-653-2552.
Visit their website at http://www.co.kenosha.wi.us/countyclerk/marriage.html