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What is a Wali ?

In Islam, a Wali is a person who is responsible for the bride's life before she is married. As a Wali, it is also his duty to ensure that the proposed groom is a reliable and a trustworthy person who will continue to carry on his role and responsibility towards the bride after her marriage.

Who is a Wali?
Listed in the proper hierarchy, a Wali can be the bride's birth father, her paternal grandfather, brother, paternal uncle or any male relative from her paternal side. If there is none available, then the Kadi will assume the role as a Wali.
How to determine a lawful Wali?
You are conceived after your parent's marriage;
Your parent's marriage is lawful in accordance with Syariah Law; and
You are not an adopted child.
Conditions to become a Wali

Generally, a Wali must be

a Muslim;
of sane mind;
have attained the age of puberty.
What is the role of the Wali?
The Wali must consent to the marriage. The Wali must accompany the bride when she makes her registration at the Registry.
The role that a Wali plays in your marriage is of great importance. Hence, a Wali, who is found not to be lawful for the solemnization may render a marriage null and void. The consequence of an annulment is undesirable from both the Syariah and civil point of view. For one, the legality of the child that will be borne from the intended marriage that the couple is undergoing is dubious and this will have a bearing on future inheritance matters.
In any event the Wali's consent is falsely declared, the Registry has the right to reject this marriage application and all bookings made in lieu to this application will be cancelled.
If the bride has lost all contacts with her Wali, or he is bedridden, in a rehabilitative institution or abroad, she is advised to come with her mother or her immediate next of kin, whichever is applicable. Please have the following documents available for verification:
  • Valid NRIC or passport of bride's mother/next of kin
  • Rehabilitation visit card if her Wali is in a rehabilitative institution
  • Bride's birth certificate if she has lost all contacts with her Wali
  • A letter of consent (only applicable if bride is below 21 years of age) and a letter of authorisation from the bride‚Äôs Wali if he is abroad and is unable to be present for the registration and solemnization due to extenuating circumstances. Please note that the letter of consent must be signed before a Commissioner for Oaths, whereas, the letter of authorization must be pronounced and signed in the presence of a religious official. Download the authorisation and consent forms here:

    ( Authorisation form (Wali) - pdf PDF document )
    ( Authorisation form (Wali) - In Malay - pdf PDF document )
    ( Consent form (Wali) - pdf PDF document )
    ( Consent form (Wali) - In Malay - pdf PDF document )

Last Updated: 11 November 2021