July 26, 2019

Services provided by the Board of Imams, Victoria

Download forms required for marriage / nikah

Notice of Intended Marriage Form (Word)
Nikah Application Form (PDF)

List of Marriage Celebrants

  1. Sheikh Moustapha Sarakibi – Mobile: 0402 337 304
  2. Sheikh Muhammad Saleem – Mobile: 0433 924 197 ,
  3. Sheikh Isse Abdo Musse – 0402 555 202
  4. Sheikh Majdih Essa – 0431 983 983
  5. Sheikh Moustafa Hassan -o411 675935
  6. Sheikh Alaa Elzokm – 0420 435456
One of the important services provided by Board of Imams Victoria (BOIV) since its inception in 1984 is ‘mediation and arbitration’. Muslims families and individuals have been approaching the BOIV on a daily basis to seek guidance on various type of disputes. Family dispute resolution has become one of the core businesses of BOIV in recent years.

As the number of clients seeking our service in dispute resolution is on the rise, the BOIV decided to establish a dedicated committee of qualified Imams to deal with dispute resolution service. Known as “Islamic Family Arbitration and Mediation Panel” – ( مجلس التحكيم العائلي ), the committee has been actively involved in mediation among the Muslim community since 2004. Hundreds of families and couples have benefited from its services so far.

As an Alternate Dispute Resolution (ADR), the decisions and judgements of the “Islamic Family Arbitration and Mediation Panel” – ( مجلس التحكيم العائلي ) has been well received by our clients and recognised by Courts here in Australia and overseas. We deal with disputes on Islamic Marriage and Divorce matters ONLY. We do not have legal authority to deal with child custody or property issues. However, we are able to refer such matters to other agencies such as ‘Relationship Centres’.

Mediation and Arbitration service that we provide is complimentary to civil law provisions governing the citizens of this country and within the ADR structure currently practised in Australia.

Those who need our services are encouraged to make an application. Please download the forms here.

Narrated Abdullah bin Umar: Allah’s Apostle said;

“It is not permissible for any Muslim who has something to will to stay for two nights without having his last will and testament written and kept ready with him.” (Sahih al Bukhari)

Narrated Abu Huraira: A man asked the Prophet, “O Allah’s Apostle! What kind of charity is the best?” He replied.

“To give in charity when you are healthy and greedy hoping to be wealthy and afraid of becoming poor. Don’t delay giving in charity till the time when you are on the death bed when you say, ‘Give so much to so-and-so and so much to so-and so,’ and at that time the property is not yours but it belongs to so-and-so (i.e. your inheritors).” (Sahih al Bukhari)

A ‘Will’ is a legal document that spells out the wishes of deceased person for the distribution of his/her assets. In Australia, if a person passes away without leaving a legally valid will, his/her assets will be distributed according to the ‘laws of intestacy’. The Will Probate and Administration Act sets out a strict list of beneficiaries of an estate when a person dies without a ‘Will’.

Why an Islamic ‘Will’?

A legally valid Islamic ‘Will’ guarantees that the wishes of the deceased person and his assets are dealt with according to his/her wishes. Distribution of assets, guardianship of minor children, burial rites, paying off debts and unpaid zakath, bequest options, dealing with unforseen medical conditions (eg. brain death, dementia), organ donation, autopsy and similar issues can be set out in accordance with Shariah principles in a legally valid Islamic ‘Will’.

Muslim inheritance law

Islamic Burial (Janaza) Services

Death is the inevitable truth. Islam encourages its adherence to contemplate and be prepare for it with virtuous deeds. A companion once got up and said: O Prophet of Allah, who is the most sagacious and the most prudent among the people? He replied;

‘Those who are most aware of death and prepare themselves for it. They are the wisest of people and will have honour in this world and a generous reward in the Hereafter’.

Majority of Ulema are of the opinion that it’s the ‘collective obligation’ (Fardu Kifayah) of the Muslim community to carry out the last rites of a dead Muslim. Preparation of the dead for the burial include;

  1. Cleaning & Washing.
  2. Shrouding.
  3. Attending the funeral prayer
  4. Burying.

There are many registered Islamic Burial Service providers in Victoria. We recommend the community to contact the service providers directly or get advice from your local Imam.

Janaza Services Locator

BOIV in collaboration with Islamic Council of Victoria (ICV) has been collecting Zakat for the past 2 years for local distribution. We are experiencing an ever growing need from local Muslims from all quarters who are facing economic hardship. In particular in the year to date (2013) there has been an incredible influx of refugees released into the community with very little financial capacity. The Muslim community via the ICV is attempting to assist as much as we can.

Please consider contributing part of your Zakat to local Muslims through the ICV Zakat Fund. Please enquire further at the ICV Office (03 9328 2067) or simply transfer funds to BSB: 063122 – Account Number: 10 701 107 – CBA.

We also collect sadaqathul Fitr. This year sadaqathul Fitr A$ 12.00 per person

Zakath al maal 2.5% and the threshold (Nisab) of Zakat Al-Maal will be AU$ 4,741.30

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