Muslim and Non-Muslim Marriage

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asked on Feb 14, 2006 at 04:50
by   nillwong
edited on Jul 15, 2016 at 03:36
It is commonly understood that, in Malaysia, when a non-Muslim marries to a Muslim, the former must be converted to Muslim, regardless whether a husband or a wife. However, I would like to find out a little more about foreigner situations.

(1) If a husband from People's Republic of China intend to marry to a Malaysian Muslim wife, and the registration is performed in Malaysia, whether or not, he must be converted to Muslim?

(2) Expending from the above question, if the Muslim wife is not originated from Malaysia, for instance, migration from Indonesia, Arab, China, etc., whether or not the husband and wife are also bound by Malaysia Syariah Law?

(3) Whether a non-Malaysian citizen Muslim, viz. s/he is originated from countries via migration or work permit or marriage to Malaysian Muslim, or other means, is also regulated by Syariah Law, or civil law?

Your advice is greatly appreciated.
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answered on Jun 22, 2011 at 04:16
by   Warren
Ya Malaysia is forcing you to convert into Muslim.
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answered on Jan 13, 2012 at 04:20
by   ornithine
edited Jul 15, 2016 at 04:35
I have a Chinese friend who his parents are Chinese convert Islam. Now he wants to convert to other religion. How should he apply? Can you state the procedure?
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answered on Mar 12, 2012 at 17:27
by   meichenxiang
edited Jul 15, 2016 at 04:36

You speak as if you DON'T know the Syariah law and it shows.

I happen to know the Syariah law because I am a practising lawyer.
I was awarded 'High Distinction' for the Syariah courses that I took in Law School.
I was born into a Muslim family.
Both my parents have postgraduate degrees in Syariah Law.

I got married in Singapore and my spouse is non-Muslim. We live in Shah Alam (not even in KL where it is supposedly more 'liberal') and have had no problems so far. We have three children who are all non-Muslims.

Most people make assumptions about how strict the Malaysian law can be when it comes to such matters. The truth is, most things are left up to the individual(s). If you don't make it an issue, it would not be an issue.
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answered on Mar 15, 2012 at 06:58
by   hopeful

Thanks so much for what you wrote! If you can do it, then surely, others can too! Up until now, the moment a girl told me she was Muslim, I would completely dismiss the thought of ever dating her. I just would not want to deal with the inevitable situation of forced conversion. I'm a Freethinker, and if I were forced to covert, obviously I'd no longer be free!

I recently met a Freethinker who I thought was Chinese, gorgeous woman, funny, and a Freethinker...but I later found out she was a Muslim...since I'm British, I even thought of taking her back to the UK if we ever decided to get married etc, but wasn't sure if my UK marriage license would be accepted by Malaysia.

However, I would love to know how I and others can do it, based on what you've there a way I can get in contact with you? Can I post a PM through this message board? Would love to hear from you!

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answered on Apr 3, 2012 at 06:08
by   foolate
edited Jul 15, 2016 at 04:37

How do you go about your children registering your children as Malaysians? Thanks!
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answered on Apr 7, 2012 at 09:23
by   Desperatetoknow
edited Jul 15, 2016 at 04:53

Excuse me if I am asking a stupid question after having read these threads but my fiance and I would like to get married in Malaysia but only by a 'nikah' ceremony. Here are my questions that I'm hoping you can answer in a very simple way

1. Can a male Muslim foreigner marry a non-Muslim foreigner in Malaysia. Are there any parts of Malaysia that do this? We want only to do a 'nikah' ceremony which.. leads to the next question..

2. Can foreigners on vacation have a 'nikah' ceremony only without having to get a government certificate of marriage? Again, I am asking if this is possible based on the female not being Muslim of course.
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answered on May 29, 2012 at 05:45
by   discreet22
edited Jul 15, 2016 at 04:59

I am facing the same problem and I am in the same situation as you. Could you provide me your contact details so that we can further discuss this?

How did you manage to still be in KL and have kids? I really want that.

Thank you!
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answered on Aug 23, 2012 at 14:37
by   freedompls
edited Jul 15, 2016 at 04:47

I'm having the same problems like others do too. I'm living in the state of Sarawak. I'm a Chinese girl while my boyfriend is a Muslim (Malay mixed Chinese). My family strongly against us to got together because I'll have to convert myself to his religion if we were to married in the future.

The information that you provide is very very useful for me.. but I wish to know further about how this can be done. I am stuck in the middle right now.. Thank you so much!
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answered on Aug 30, 2012 at 03:35
by   Amaeba
edited Jul 15, 2016 at 04:48
Has anyone gotten an answer on how a non-Muslim Chinese can married a Muslim in Malaysia without having to convert and still have their children registered under Jabatan Pendaftaran Negara (JPN) and remained as non-Muslim in Malaysia? It would mean a lot for someone to be able to shed some lights here. Thanks!
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answered on Oct 22, 2012 at 17:09
by   magjue
If a non Muslim American man married a Muslim Malaysian woman in America (where it is legal for people of any religion to marry each other), and the married couple lived in America for several years together, but then decided to move to Malaysia after having been legally married in America for several years, would the marriage be legal in Malaysia, or would the marriage not be recognized as legal in Malaysia and would the non Muslim American man have to convert to Islam and re-marry the Muslim Malaysian woman when they moved to Malaysia?
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