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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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Ramadan Message from the President of ICUC

Praise to Allah for His Grace and Blessings, and I thank Him for granting us success and guidance. And prayers and peace be upon Muhammed the best of all Prophets sent, and to his pure family, and his great companions, and whoever follows in his guidance, and after that;

The best thing about the month of Ramadan is that it is a time of purification.

I hope that you will agree with me that certain issues must be dealt with head on, and that it makes good sense, sometimes, to talk and listen to one another in a way that shows that we have the courage to stand our ground no matter how hard the consequences may be.

Ramadan is a time of abstinence from our everyday luxuries. But it is not only food and drink that I am referring to. As Ramadan approaches, many of us, or so I hope, will resolve to do away with music and television, and the stronger of us may even give up the internet except for what is seriously essential. Free from these daily distractions, we have a hope of focusing our attention on the only thing that matters: becoming mindful of the Almighty and drawing closer to Him. We will watch our language and carefully guard our speech in order to avoid backbiting or lying. We will frequent the masjid, and those of us who would otherwise miss the prayer, will become more heedful.

Our Prophet Muhammad said that when Ramadan comes the gates of Paradise are opened and the devils are chained. We are told to fast for the sole purpose of gaining Taqwa (consciousness of Allah, fear of Allah). Allah says in the Quran (what means): “O you who believe, fasting has been prescribed upon you as it has been prescribed upon those before you, so that you may attain Taqwa.” [Quran, 2:183]

Ramadan is the month when our sins are forgiven, our prayers are answered, and our good deeds are multiplied. One would be a fool not to take advantage of it.

There is a challenge this Ramadan for all of us Muslims, and even after this Ramadan.

Some questions need to be asked after the end of this month.
Is our journey towards Taqwa exclusive to only one month of the year? After ‘Eid Al-Fitr, do we not desire to keep getting closer to Allah? Are we so inescapably addicted to the diversions of this worldly life that we cannot stray from them except for one month of the year? Why is it so, if this is the case?

Ramadan is undoubtedly a special month. We are motivated to do good deeds during this period more than any other time of the year.

Here is the challenge. We must continue our gracious struggle towards Taqwa throughout the year and throughout our lives. As Muslims, we practice our religion in every aspect of our existence, at every moment of our life. Islam is not simply a religion which we adopt once a week, or once a year. It is a constant effort to gain greater faith from all of our actions, day and night, whether or not it is Ramadan.
I ask my fellow brothers and sisters to not revive their mp3 collections on 'Eid day, to not bring their televisions and computers back to life after a long month of fast. To continue watching their tongues, and being observant of their prayer. It will be a struggle, no doubt, but Allah promised to help those who strive for His sake Saying (what means):
“As those who strive in Our cause, We will surely guide them in Our paths. And indeed, Allah is with the doers of good.” [Quran, 29:69]

A mission even as simple as "doing good" is extremely difficult at first, with Satan's whispers deafening our ears, and the pleasures of this worldly life blinding our eyes.

But according to Allah's promise, if we patiently persevere, Allah will guide us, thus making our paths easier. Although it may sound difficult now, giving up the things that take us away from Allah will get easier every day, until it becomes natural. It is in man's innate nature to seek Allah, so it cannot be so hard after all. Allah says in a Qudsi Hadeeth: “He who draws closer to Me by a hand's span, I will draw closer to him by an arm's length. And whoever draws closer to Me by an arm's length, I will draw closer to him by a fathom's length. And whoever comes to Me walking, I will go to him running.” [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

If we continue making an effort to get to Allah, He will make our sacrifices easier and reward us thereafter.

Let us make this year our Ramadan resolutions last a lifetime. Let us begin this blessed month with the intention of reform. Let us struggle for the sake of Allah day after day. Let us chain Satan and work hard to keep our gates to Paradise wide open even after Ramadan. Let us give the fruits of our fasting a true chance to last more than a month, a chance of influence to our everyday lives, and eventually our Hereafter.

Let us resolve to shape our lifetime and our eternity. Let’s pray for unity to build stronger ICUC.

And finally, make dua’ for the leaders of the Muslim Community that Allah guides them to goodness, righteousness and correct vision and direction. And that Allah makes us worthy of carrying the message of Islam, and that He does not make us a trial for those who disbelieve, for He is Almighty, and capable of anything.

Ramadan is all this and more, it is a great opportunity to work, God willing, that will lead to forgiveness and emancipation from the fire.

Your Brother

 Wail Rasheed

ICUC has become a platform where strong Muslim individuals can unite. It also has built a strong Muslim community through educational, social, spiritual and political programs. It has become a strong voice for NJ Muslims. They contributed positively in so many ways; most notable was the managing of the community unity at the mosque and eliminating the extremist elements.

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.