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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


Understanding Islam

When Islam came, Allaah prescribed that the manner of greeting among Muslims should be "Al-salaamu alaykum," . The meaning of salaam (literally, peace) is harmlessness, safety and protection from evil and from faults. The name al-Salaam is a Name of Allaah, may He be exalted, so the meaning of the greeting of salaam which is required among Muslims is, "May the blessing of His Name descend upon you." The usage of the preposition 'ala in 'alaykum (upon you) indicates that the greeting is inclusive.

Understanding Islam

"ISLAM" is derived from the Arabic root salaama peace, purity, submission and obedience. In the religious sense, Islam means submission to the will of God and obedience to His law.

 Everything and every phenomenon in the world, other than man and jinn (another creation of God) is administered totally by God-made laws. They are obedient to God and submissive to His laws, i.e. they are in the state of Islam.

Man possesses the quality of intelligence and choice, thus he is invited to submit to the good will of God and obey His law, i.e. become a Muslim. Submission to the good will of God, together with obedience to His beneficial law, i.e. becoming a Muslim, is the best safeguard for man's peace and harmony.

Islam dates back to the age of Adam, and its message has been conveyed to man by God's Prophets and Messengers including Abraham, Moses, Jesus and Muhammad. Islam's message has been restored and enforced in the last stage of the religious evolution by God's last Prophet and Messenger Muhammad.  The word ‘Allah’ in the Arabic language means God, or more accurately, The One and Only Eternal God, Creator of the Universe, Lord of all lords, King of all kings, Most Compassionate, Most Merciful. The word ‘Allah’ to mean God is also used by Arabic- speaking Jews and Christians.

 

The Six Pillars of Iman

Belief in Allah;

Belief in the angels;

Belief in the revealed books;

Six specific books mentioned in the Qur'an:

         As-Suhuf of Ibrahim and Musa.

         Az-Zaboor given to Daud.

         At-Taurat revealed to Musa.

         Al-Injeel revealed to Isa.

         Al-Qur'an - the final revelation.

 

Belief in the commissioned Messengers (peace be upon them).

Belief in the prophets, prayers and salutations of Allah be upon them.

Prophets sent to guide us in this life and the next.

Specific belief in the 25 prophets named in the Qur'an: (1)Adam, (2)Nuh, (3)Idris, (4)Saleh, (5)Ibrahim, (6)Hud, (7)Lut, (8)Yunus, (9)Isma'il, (10)Is-haq, (11)Ya'qub, (12)Yusuf, (13)Ayub, (14)Shu'aib, (15)Musa, (16)Harun, (17)Alyas', (18)Dhu Al-Kifl, (19)Daud, (20)Zakariya, (21)Sulaiman, (22)Ilyas, (23)Yahya, (24)Isa, and (25)Muhammad, prayers and salutations of Allah be upon him and upon all the messengers of Allah.

General belief that there are many other prophets and messengers, but never assuming anything without knowledge from Allah.

Belief in the resurrection and the events of Qiyamah. Reconstruction of the body and return of the soul to it

Belief in the predestination by Allah of all things, both the (seemingly) good and the (seemingly) bad.

 Mission & Vision for Islamic center of union county (ICUC) The Center.

The purposes of the Center are to carry on religious, charitable and educational activities in conformity with the religion of Islam; to do each and everything necessary, suitable, or proper for the accomplishment of these objectives, including, but not limited to the following:

•  To conduct religious services and prayers.

•  To promote the peaceful and responsible spirit of Islam.

•  To provide a better understanding of Islam as a complete way of life based on Quran and the Sunnah with equality and human dignity.

•  To promote equality, brotherhood, unity and cooperation among Muslims.

•  To provide facilities for the practice of the Islamic faith and rituals.

•  To organize social, cultural, religious and other activities for the benefit of society.

•  To prepare Islamic Dawah with a spirit of good will and friendship between Muslims and Non-Muslims.

•  To provide educational facilities and programs to the Muslims community.

•  To extend help and necessary directives to all Muslims in need, especially the new immigrants to settle, to the unemployed members of the Muslim community, and to Muslim students in Union county.

•  To help all members of the Muslim community to realize their full potentials as a responsible and productive citizens.

•  To sponsor, issue and distribute publications on Islam.

 The Center shall strive to procure in its affairs and activities, the participation, association and representation of Muslims of all races, gender, national origin, linguistic or ethnic backgrounds, and Islamic schools of Jurisprudence, without giving preference to any group.


The Center is open for all

Thank you for your interest in visiting our center. Our doors are open to you, and we welcome you to come and visit us. We currently offer free tours, opportunities to observe any of our five daily prayers or Friday prayer service, or meet with someone to answer any questions you might have about Islam for individuals or groups.

Please email us at icuc@icucnj@ com to schedule a day and time to visit. 

Help tips for visiting ICUC  the following etiquette tips listed) 

Your Personal Guide to visiting the Islamic Center of Union County.

Thank you for your interest in visiting our center! We are more that happy to host you and welcome you to our center and make your visit as enjoyable and pleasant as possible. 

         Can I, a non-Muslim, visit the mosque? Yes, you most certainly can! Our mosque is open to non-Muslims of all faiths and backgrounds. We highly look forward to welcoming you inside our place of worship.

     To visit the mosque, do I need to contact you ahead of time?

We want to make sure that you have a guide to host you on your visit and that that we can coordinate a convenient day and time for you to visit, so yes, it is best for you to contact us ahead of time. This is especially important if you would like to observe one of our daily prayers, in which we can let you know of the times you can attend. 

         How should I dress?

As is usually practiced when entering any place of worship, we ask that all, men and women, dress modestly. For men, this usually means wearing pants that at least cover the knees. For women, this means wearing long, loose-fitting clothing. Women may wear the headscarf (or hijab), but it is not a requirement for entering the mosque. If you would like to wear a scarf but do not have one, we can provide you with one to wear upon request. 

         Do I need to remove my shoes?

In places of prayer, which are usually carpeting, you will be required to remove your shoes, as this is done to maintain the cleanliness of the prayer areas. There are shoe racks located on both the men’s and women’s prayer halls where shoes can be placed. If you are not conformable with removing your shoes, we can provide you with shoe covers upon your request. 

         Prayer hall arrangements

      In our mosque, men and women pray in separate prayer halls. Thus, if you would like to observe one of our daily prayers, please be aware that you will be observing the prayer in one the respective prayer halls based on your gender. Your guide will be sure to lead you to the correct prayer hall.

 Is there anything else I need to be aware of?

Due to more strict rules of modesty in Islam, it is not usually the practice that men and women shake hands with members of the opposite sex (men shaking hands with men and women with women is of course done). Please do not be offended if a member of the opposite sex does not shake your hand. They do not mean it as a matter of disrespect or to avoid you. You might see them instead make a slight bow with their hand over their heart, as a way of greeting you. 

Another greeting you might hear from congregants is the Muslim greeting of “As-salamu ‘alaykum (meaning peace be with you). The answer, if you would like to use it, is “Wa-alaykum-as-salam (peace be with you, too). 

         Is it okay to ask questions during my visit?

Yes! Please do not hesitate to ask any questions that may come to mind. We are more than happy to answer any and all questions (in fact, we encourage it!) 

         Great! How can I arrange a visit?

Please fill out the ICUC visit request form or contact us at 908-686-5400, or icuc@icucnj.com 

 Jumu’ah (Friday prayer) 

The Jumu’ah (Arabic for Friday) prayer is a special congregational prayer held on Friday afternoon during the timing of the second prayer of the day for Muslims. The Jumu’ah consists of a sermon delivered by the Imam (the religious leader of the mosque), followed by a communal prayer, also led by the Imam.

 As a requirement of our faith, we Muslims are not allowed to speak during the time the sermon is being given. But we can answer any questions you might have before and/or after the sermon and prayer is complete. You are more than welcome to observe any Friday prayer. Just give us a call or email us and we can arrange it for you.


Some Advice for Conveying Islam to Non-Muslim

Friends and Acquaintances
Discover Islam

Sheikh Khâlid al-Sayf, professor at al-Imâm University

Many of us has contact with people of other faiths in our daily lives. They might be friends, acquaintances, or colleagues. However, some of us find it difficult to approach them about Islam. We wonder: What can I possibly say? How can I tell him that his religion is wrong? This bewilderment causes us to fail to teach these good people about Islam.

As Muslims, we should naturally desire to teach others about Islam. We know that this was the work of the Prophets. Allah says: “Say: This is my way; I call to Allah upon clear knowledge, I and those who follow me. Glory be to Allah! And I am not of those who engage in polytheism.” [Sûrah Yûsuf: 108]

We know that Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said to `Alî b. Abî Tâlib: “I swear by Allah! That Allah guides by your hand a single person is better for you than all the finest camels.” [Sahîh al-Bukhârî (2724) and Sahîh Muslim (4423)]

The following are just a few points of advice for those of us who wish to approach this noble effort:

1.
Make sure to pick an appropriate time to bring up the subject of Islam. Make sure that the other person is n the right frame of mind to talk about it.

2.
Avoid things that will make the other person uncomfortable. You should be gentle and accommodating in your attitude and approach various issues and questions as a seeker of the truth.

3.
Never criticize or attack the other person’s beliefs. That is a very indiscrete and unwise thing to do. This might make the other person more adamant about his beliefs as well as spoil the good relationship that you have with him.

4.
Avoid getting into discussions about secondary issues. No matter how much the other person insists upon doing so, stress to him that essential matters and principles should be discussed first and it is not going to get us anywhere to delve into secondary matters when the primary issues are not fully understood.

For example, it is wrong to talk about why the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) had the number of wives that he had before discussing the concept of prophethood and what it means for him to be a Prophet.

5.
Get acquainted with the standard misconceptions about Islam that are being circulated and how to answer them. Many of these misconceptions are well known. If he is Christian, acquaint yourself with the claims about Islam being circulated by Christian groups to their followers. Many of these misconceptions have been around for generations.

6.
If the person is from the People of the Scripture, it is often good to start with the topic of the earlier Prophets and how we know that they are Prophets. Talk about Moses (peace be upon him) and the other prophets of Israel. After that, bring up Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and discuss how his prophethood is established in the same way that theirs is. Once it is accepted that he is a Prophet, then it follows that everything that he says about God is true.

This is far better – in my opinion – than trying to argue concepts like the Trinity, especially with people who are not well-versed in their faith, which is the case with most people today.

And Allah knows best.

This article comes from Sisters Area
http://sisters.islamway.com