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.
"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
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.
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
• To prepare Islamic Dawah with a spirit of good will and friendship between 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
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
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 email@example.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.