Destination for Muslim Marriage
A popular destination for Malaysians and other citizens from Muslim countries is the provincial mosque in Songkhla. If a couple is allowed to marry under Sharia Law, but also are prevented to do so for any reason, then the best place to pursue their union would be the office of the Islamic Committee of Songkhla, or the office of the Islamic Committee of Phatthalung in Tamot, Phatthalung situated in the Sounthern part of Thailand.
The office of the Islamic Committee of Songkhla and Phatthalung are recognized by JAKIM as places for Muslim couples from Malaysia to perform the Nikah. These two provinces are much safer compared to the other Southern provinces of Yala, Narathiwat or Pattani.
This mosque has been busy organizing Islamic weddings, where it would handle about 10-30 couples every day in which majority are Malaysians. The event would be held at a special room at the mosque, bearing simple decorations and a heart shaped floral arch installed in front for photo opportunities. The whole ceremony is very simple and basic, but is much in line with Islamic principles. Despite the celebration being a religious ceremony, the Islamic marriage can take place at any preferred venue outside the mosque.
The office location of the Songkhla Islamic Religious Council is at the 1st floor of the building, the ground floor is the parking lot and the 2nd floor is the main prayer hall. The office opens at 9 am but it is advisable to be there before 9am to facilitate with the staff.
When the counter opens, you have to get in queue and pay the service charge at the counter. When the name of the husband is called you go to the room for the marriage process. The presence of the bride’s father is not necessary if the bride enters into the marriage voluntarily, and if the distance from her home is far from the place where the wedding ceremony will be performed. The husband sits on the left and the wife in the right. The wives will be instructed to speak two words of Syahadah and will be asked if she has been married before. If the wife is single, she will be asked to fill out a form admitting that she is single and declares the contents of the form and hands it over to the witness sitting next to her husband. If a guardian is not present during the ceremony, the wife will be asked to appoint the guardian. The husband will then read the marriage certificate, and the couple is now legally married. The witness will then read the prayer and the husband agrees to the affidavit. After the wedding, the witness will assist in bringing your documents to the counter. The committee will issue a certificate to legalize the marriage and inform the Consulate of Malaysia in Songkhla to confirm the validity of the marriage. There they will prepare all the copies of your documents to be presented to the Malaysian Consulate in Songkhla to obtain the consent. The Consulate only accepts documents until 12 noon.