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Islamic Center of Union County

2372 Morris Avenue, Union,NJ 07083 Email: ICUC@ICUCNJ.COM (908)686-5400

Islamic Center of Union County  2372 Morris Avenue, Union,NJ 07083 Email: ICUC@ICUCNJ.COM (908)686-5400

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Celebrating Love

The Birth of the Prophet (SAAW) Month

"Rabi’ Al-Awwal"

Please join ICUC community love night to celebrate our love to prophet (SAAW) Saturday Dec 1st @ ICUC 6:00 PM

Abu Qatadah Al-Ansari (RAA) said that a person asked about fasting on Monday and the prophet (SAAW) said: “I was born on that day and revelation came down on me.”  

The Sahabah when deciding the start point of the calendar, suggestions were presented and one was to make it by the birth of the prophet (SAAW.)

Al-Abbas the uncle of the prophet (SAAW) saw his brother Abdel-Uzza (Abu Lahab) in his dream in a terrible status and he told that: “I have never experienced rest after leaving you except that punishment is made less severe every Monday for the day I was told of the birth of Mohammad I freed the slave girl Thouwaybah in joyfulness by his birth.”  

A woman had made an oath if the prophet (SAAW) came safe from one of his trips that she would play the drums by him. The prophet (SAAW) said: “If you had made an oath go ahead if not then don’t.” She said: I did.” So she sat down and played the drums by him (SAAW.)

Allah (SW) said: {Say it is only by the blessings of God and His mercy they should be joyful}  and the prophet (SAAW) was described as {Mercy to mankind}  and that indeed is a reason for celebrating mercy in the person of prophet Mohammad (SAAW.)

Upon his arrival (SAAW) to Madinah migrating from Makkah, Sahabah including women and children welcomed him with the famous Nasheed: “the moon has arose upon us from the valley of Wada’.”

All these references and many more spoke clearly about celebrating the prophet (SAAW) in his birth, arrival after travelling or being chosen as mercy to mankind and no doubt it is all out of love.

The prophet (SAAW) said: “I wish we had seen our brothers.” Sahabah replied: “aren’t we your brothers?” The prophet (SAAW) would say: “you are my companions and our brothers are those who have not came yet.”  In another hadith the prophet (SAAW) said: “among the most intense type of love from my Ummah are people who will come after me. One would have sacrificed his wealth and family for the sake of seeing me.”

Celebrating love is not something to be condemned as it takes forms in relation to people’s cultures in every generation.

While he was alive (SAAW,) Sahabah would compete for his blessings. Anas Ibn Malek said that servants would come visit the prophet (SAAW) with containers of water and the prophet (SAAW) would put his hands in it.”  Abu Juhaifa (RAA) said: “the prophet (SAAW) made Wudu and prayed Zuhr and Asr and people started holding his hands and wiping it on their faces. I took his hand and put it on my face and I felt it cooler than snow and more scented than musk.”   The prophet (SAAW) poked Usaid Ibn Hudair on his stomach while straitening lines in some battles. Usaid said: “[pay me back.]” The prophet (SAAW) said: “[go ahead.]” Usaid said: “I was bare skin and you have a shirt on.” The prophet (SAAW) removed his shirt to be poked. Usaid started kissing his stomach and said: “I only wanted to do this.”

If Sahabah (RAA) initiated all types of joyful celebrations about their prophet while he was among them and he (SAAW) approved it all, there should be space for Muslims in each generation to celebrate their prophet (SAAW) especially when many of our children know little about their prophet (SAAW.)

Gatherings where lectures are told of his Seerah, Nasheed is played in his memory or food being served to guests and needy is not a matter of making a new holiday or innovating something new in Islam but rather should be seen as celebrating love towards the beloved (SAAW.)

In the spirit of Rabi’ Al-Awwal the month of the prophet’s birth, InshAllah we will celebrate our prophet (SAAW) by following his Sunnah and expressing our love to him on Dec 1st 2018.

Best of  Love to Everyone!

ICUC Board

Mission & Objectives

 To establish and maintain an Islamic Center in this community to serve as a place for Islamic prayers and cultural and religious activities. ? To provide Muslims with religious guidance based on the teachings of Islam. ? To serve as a youth educational center on Islam, its teachings, history, and culture among Muslims as well as non-Muslims. ? To organize courses of study in Quran, Sunnah and the Islamic history, designed to meet the needs of Muslims and non-Muslims, both adults and children. ? To promote goodwill, understanding, fellowship and tolerance among Muslims. ? To strengthen the fraternal bonds among Muslims in the Union County and its surrounding areas. ? To promote friendly relations between Muslims and non-Muslims in the community.

 This is The Islamic Center of Union County

For a number of years, we have been searching for a location in Union County, NJ. To establish a permanent place for our Masjid and Islamic Center to offer religious, educational and community services. With the grace of Allah, we have found the new establishment, located at 2372 Morris Ave Union, NJ 07083. *Building includes: Large Sanctuary (capacity:600), about 12 class rooms, office, full kitchen. *0.68 Acres *40-50 Car parking *Mixed use zoning- No need for zoning or variance if the place will stay for religious purpose *Near Route- 78, 22 and the Garden State Parkway *This place will serve the entire Union and surrounding counties

The Past and Present

The center is a non-profit organization under section 501 (c) (3) of Internal Revenue Code. For the past 24 years, we have been renting small store on 656 Sanfard Ave, Newark NJ 07106. Alhumdillillah, we have been serving the needs of Muslims for all neighboring towns.