Islamic Marriage Contracts

Islamic Marriage Contract explores issues of Islamic and U.S. family laws as they relate to religious and cultural practices of American Muslim couples and families. There is a significant distinction between Islam as a faith and the varied cultures of individual Muslims, yet faith-based marital solemnization is a common practice, much the same as it is for most Americans. Most couples with Islamic marriage contracts intersect with the U.S. legal system when they register for a civil marriage license, and for some, in the event of divorce when they present the contract to an American court for enforcement. As it is at this intersection that potential issues and barriers may arise due to lack of understanding between the court and parties to the contract, this resource aims to smooth the process by bridging the informational gap. Through better understanding, legal practitioners can help to protect the civil rights of Muslims and all Americans, and Muslim communities can support couples by ensuring their marital rights are preserved.


In This Section

  1. Law, Religion & Cultural Practices
    1. Who are American Muslims?
    2. Family Law
    3. Muslim Marriages & the Islamic Marriage Contract
    4. Drafting an Islamic Marriage Contract
    5. References
  2. Recommendations
    1. Reccomendations for Legal Professionals
    2. Recommendations for Advocates
    3. Recommendations for Imams & Community Leaders
    4. Recommendations for Community Members
  3. Resources
    1. Case Law
    2. Experts
    3. Glossary
    4. Legal Organizations
    5. Publications
    6. Questions for Muslim Couples to Consider Before Marriage
    7. Qur'anic Verses Related to Family Law
    8. Websites