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And among His signs is this, that He created for you mates from among yourselves, that you may dwell in peace and tranquility with them, and He has put love and mercy between your (hearts) Verily in that are signs for those who reflect (Quran 30:21)

The McLean Islamic Center provides Nikah services for residents of the local community at the Center or off site. Our director and licensed Civil Celebrant is authorized to perform such services anywhere in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

  • Request for marriage ceremony will be made 2 weeks in advance.
  • Couple must meet all Islamic requirements for marriage
  • Couple (the groom at a minimum) shall meet with person performing Ceremony prior to marriage
MIC Requirements & Fees
  • Although not required, the couple is advised to obtain a marriage license prior to the Nikah Ceremony. For procedures on how to obtain a marriage license please read the following sections.
  • To request a Nikah Ceremony at MIC, the couple must complete the Nikah Service Request Form 2 weeks in advance of the ceremony.
  • The Nikah Ceremony can be arranged at MIC or at an offsite location.
  • Proof of identity of the couple will be required.
  • Two Muslim males who know the couple or at least know the bride must be present, as witnesses during the ceremony.
  • A Wakeel / guardian for the bride, regardless of bride’s age or prior marital status must be present, at and during the marriage ceremony.
  • Although MIC does not explicitly charge a fee for officiating Nikah ceremonies, we encourage participants to donate to the Center so that we can provide similar services to the community at large.
Virginia Marriage License Requirements
  • Parties must complete and apply Online prior to arriving to the courthouse
  • Once application is submitted, you should schedule In-Office Appointment or Virtual Appearance Appointment
  • Both applicants must be 18 years of age, unless emancipated by a court order (Virginia Code § 20-48)
  • Both applicants must appear in person with a valid government-issued photo identification, including foreign identification legible in English
  • Fee for a marriage license ($30 typical- payable by cash or credit card)
  • Birth names of both parents
  • Appointment must be scheduled prior to arriving to the courthouse
  • Marriage license is valid for 60 days from the date of issue and is to be used for a marriage ceremony in the Commonwealth of Virginia
  • Marriage license can’t be issued retroactively
  • Marriage license/certificate can’t be issued to document a marriage that had taken place outside the United States; legal marriages that take place overseas are recognized as legal and documentation supplied by a foreign agency will serve as proof of marriage
  • Unused/expired marriage licenses must be returned back to the Clerk’s Office (Virginia Code § 20-21)
  • Officiant will retain both copies of the marriage license and shall file it with the Clerk of the Circuit Court within 5 days following the ceremony (Virginia Code §32.1-267 (C))

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