Layanan Nikah Tidak Tercatat di Gorontalo: Explorasi dan Rekonstruksi
This article aims to explore unmarried marriage services in Gorontalo. The study uses qualitative methods with a descriptive approach. The results of the study show that: (1) the widespread practice of marriage is not recorded in Gorontalo due to the availability of unregistered marriage services that are easy to access and not clandestine; (2) as for services not recorded easily and extensively in the background of several factors, namely; economics, culture, law, education, social, etc., this phenomenon leaves one problem that must be solved, namely the need to reconstruct a non-simplistic understanding of marriage. (3) Marriage must be returned to the essence of Islamic law. An epistemological problem that leaves a simplistic view of marriage must be reconstructed, so that there is no longer a view that Islamic marriage is merely a contract to legalize husband and wife relations that are more biologically nuanced. Support and awareness of all elements of the community are needed to further realize the sacred values of maqashid al-sharia.