- The Washington Times - Sunday, April 30, 2006

The All Dulles Area Muslim Society, a predominantly Sunni mosque also known as the ADAMS Center, was established in 1983 by a small number of families in western Fairfax County. Over the past two decades, it has grown to serve more than 5,000 families. It has seven branches: Sterling/Herndon, Tysons Corner, Fairfax, Reston, Leesburg, Ashburn and South Riding. The main mosque in Sterling is a 30,000-square-foot community center on 16 acres; the second floor of the building serves as a basketball court when not in use for worship.

The ADAMS Center is governed by a 13-member board of trustees comprising men and women. It recently sponsored an interfaith Seder during Passover with local Jewish groups. It also sponsors Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts programs.

The mosque has several full-time staff members and is headed by Imam Mohamed Magid, who arrived in 1996. Originally from Sudan and the son of an Islamic scholar, he received his religious education in Khartoum under what is known as the ijazah system. He arrived in the United States in 1987 as a student. He met his wife, Amaarah, while teaching at Howard University. They have five daughters.

Julia Duin

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