Islamic Marriage in Thailand
Many has come to choose Thailand a place for their marriage. If you have plans to get married in Thailand as a Muslim, then you will have to follow a certain process required by the Main Islamic council before you can complete your Muslim marriage in Thailand. While looking in the case of a Muslim getting married to a non-Muslim in Thailand, the process will start in a conversion to Islam for the other party. The non-Muslim has to convert first to Islam before the marriage ceremony can take place. You need to obtain the Islamic Conversion Certificate from the Islamic Center in Bangkok and the whole procedure takes only about 30 minutes to complete.
There are different requirements for Islamic marriage which are set for the male party as there is a need for certain Embassies to issue an approval to get married. This can only be obtained if you are able to produce proof that it will used for a Muslim marriage, most supporting documents should be from your country of origin. This scenario mostly takes place when the male party is from a Muslim country which is strictly following their rules as set by their embassies in Thailand. The female party on the other hand shall be required, which is a must amongst all, a single certificate, or divorce/ death certificate if applicable when marrying under Muslim law. The whole process in Thailand is quite simple if you know where to start with, and you need to have a contact with the mosque as well as with the Imam of the mosque.
In the recent years, there has been an increasing number of Islam converts in Thailand. Most only want to have an Islamic marriage in Thailand, a religious ceremony, without officially registering the marriage in Thailand. This has been accepted mostly by Muslims as Muslim countries do recognize Islamic marriages. But, having a Muslim marriage in Thailand would not be possible to acquire and apply for a visa for your Thai wife in your home country. There may be some exceptions, but, only applies with the Muslim countries.
To be able to proceed with your Muslim marriage in Thailand, first you have to make sure that you are allowed to marry under the Islamic law. Male party can mostly marry up to 4 times as long as he can support the wives, however, the female party can only marry once. The process varies from different countries; if you are from an Islamic country it could be a little complicated compared to those from Western countries, but as mentioned above, some embassies requires more paperwork especially those from Muslim countries. Once you have all the needed documents, the Islamic wedding can then be arranged. The wedding ceremony can be done a day and conversion to non-Muslim party is completed before the marriage and the wedding registration will be done after. Please take note that the fiancée would need a letter of consent from her parents for those Thai nationals who have been born Muslim. But, for those who are not, then, conversion can happen freely. Then, after conversion, a traditional Islamic marriage can be arranged in Thailand. All the documents from the Islamic Center must then be legalized at the Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs. After the marriage documents are verified by the Thai Foreign Affairs Office, it needs to be taken to some embassies that would require for authentication so it be recognized abroad, for others, this process will not be that necessary.
Many have falsely assumed that a Muslim Marriage in Thailand is legal marriage and would be enough to prove of a couple’s marriage and union. But the fact is, an Islamic or Muslim marriage in Thailand is only a religious ceremony, not a legal marriage registration which is performed under Islamic law and is recognized only by Muslim countries. An Islamic marriage is different and not as of a Thai marriage, simply because the first is a religious marriage and is recognized only by Muslim law, while the latter is a legal marriage and has a legal binding under Thai laws which is recognized all over the world.