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MARRIAGE SERVICES

ADAMS Office of Imams offers various counseling for mental health, family, marriage, religious guidance, and life coaching.

Overview

Congratulations on your upcoming wedding! Your decision to marry is a spiritual covenant that is rooted in a commitment to one another. A wedding is always a joyous event, and as such we are much honored that you’ve chosen us to share the occasion!

If you would like to be married at ADAMS Center or request an ADAMS Center Imam to officiate your wedding ceremony,  you must complete the following steps:

  • Step 1: Submit the online form “Scheduling for an Imam”. Please be sure to do this at least 3-4 weeks prior to the ceremony. Once your information is received the office of the Imam will work on securing an officiant as well as scheduling 3 mandatory premarital counseling sessions. Please click here to access the form.
  • Step 2:
    • Please be sure to send an email to marriage services at marriageservices@adamscenter.org to schedule your counseling session. Our premarital counseling requirement is designed for the couple to gain greater insight into a harmonious marriage that is guided by Islamic teachings and principles. We pray that this process prepares both of you for the journey ahead. 
  • Step 3: Obtain a Marriage License from your Local County Courthouse. Please remember our nikahs are also legal marriages, therefore we must enforce this procedure. The following locations are for the VA and DC residents:
    • Fairfax County Court House (703-691-7320)
    • Arlington County Court House (703-228-4510)
    • Loudoun County Court House (703-777-0270)
    • Alexandria County Court House (703-838-5046)
    • NOTE: The original marriage license and the provided return envelope need to be dropped off to the Wedding Administrator no later than 7 days prior to the nikah.
  • Step 4: Submit documents and administrative fee.
    • Marriage Licenses and provided return envelope
    • ADAMS Marriage Application Form
    • Premarital Contract
    • If you are only seeking pre-martial counseling, and will not be getting married through ADAMS  center, note that there is a suggested donation of $150. 
    • Administrative fee:
      • $200 for paid members of ADAMS Center (On-site)
      • $400 for paid members of ADAMS Center (Off-site)
      • $250 for non-paying members of the ADAMS Center community (On-site)
      • $450 for non-paying members of the ADAMS Center community (Off-site)
    • Make payment here
  • Step 5: Provide Two Witnesses for the Nikah Ceremony
    • The bride and groom must provide at least two witnesses for their nikah ceremony. The masjid will not provide these witnesses, the couple must bring with them two witnesses for the ceremony.
  • Step 6: (optional) Reserve a room for the ceremony.
    • If you are planning on having your nikah here at the ADAMS Center, and only planning on doing the contract signing with no setup necessary, you will only need to inform the Marriage Services Administrator or how many guests you are planning on having and this accommodation will be included in the processing fee. However, if you are planning on having a ceremony with setup and food being served, you will need to contact reservations at reservations@adamscenter.org for arrangements as well as fees associated with room rental.
  • Policy Regarding Imam to travel off-site for nikah ceremony:
    • Please email the Marriage Coordinator.
    • Couples are encouraged to read:
      • “Beyond Tying the Knot” Imam Mohamed Magid and Salma Abugudairi (available for purchase in our Marriage Services office)
      • “Engagement in Islam” Imam Magid and Younus Mirza, faq.qurtubainstitute.org/2011/11/
      • “Mahr” – The Marriage Gift”

Contacting Marriage Services:

  • Wedding Administrator’s Office Hours:
    •  Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday: 1:30 – 5:30 pm.
    • Wednesday: Office is closed.
    • Saturday and Sunday: By appointment only.
  • To make an appointment or for any further questions or concerns, please email marriageservices@adamscenter.org or call Office: (703)433-1325 x113 . The best way to reach the administrator is by email or text at 703-953-0365 (Be sure to include your name in all text messages). Please allow up to 2 business days for a response, and if it’s an urgent matter, please use the phone number 703-433-1325 x113 or call 911. 

Contact for Service

Phone:

Fairfax County Court House 703.691.7320

Arlington County Court House
703.691.7320

Loudoun County Court House
703.777.0270

Alexandria County Court House
703.777.0270

Divorce

Divorce Procedure – Ta’laq & Khula Please call 703-953-0365, Any Monday/Tuesday or Friday between 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm to book an appointment.

  • Step 1: Complete divorce through the legal court. ONCE YOU HAVE RECEIVED YOUR FINAL DIVORCE DECREE, YOU MAY CONTACT ADAMS CENTER TO PROCEED.
  • Step 2: Provide Adams Center with a copy of A) finalized divorce papers, B) Valid Photo ID, C) Divorce fee $150.
  • Step 3: After you have submitted your request, please allow up to 3 weeks before receiving your Islamic Divorce Certificate. 
  • Step 4: To schedule picking up your divorce decree, kindly email marriageservices@adamscenter.org.

Contact for Service