Home nikah not permissible starting today

Izah Azahari

The solemnisation of marriage ceremonies (nikah) at private homes is no longer permitted effective today.

Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar said this at the press conference yesterday, in announcing a collaborative effort between the Ministry of Health (MoH) and Syariah Court to curb the COVID-19 spread.

The solemnisation of marriage is only permitted at the Office of the Registry of Muslim Marriage, Divorce, Annulment and Ruju’ in each district where the marriage approval is issued.

According to a press release issued by the Office of the Registry of Muslim Marriage, Divorce, Annulment and Ruju’ at the Syariah Court of State Judiciary Department, Prime Minister’s Office published on September 26, prospective newlyweds and their families can obtain application forms for marriage approval at www.e-syariah.gov.bn.

Applicants can send the completed form via drop box at the respective offices in their district, or via email. The email address for Brunei-Muara District is kauntermms@judicial.gov.bn; Belait District is mmskb@judicial.gov.bn, Tutong District is mmstut@judicial.gov.bn and Temburong District is mmstemb@judicial.gov.bn.

For payment and receipt of the slip for marriage approval, applicants will be contacted for appointment. Individuals who forward their application via drop box must include the details in a sealed envelope, and drop it off between 8.15am to noon.