The best time to visit us would be during the Jummah Salah (congregational worship). Jummah is the Friday midday prayer for Muslims. The prayer service starts at 1:30 pm with a 20 to 25 min sermon (Khutbah), followed by the short prayer (Salah). We are usually done by 2 p.m.
During the week, the Islamic Center is open for the daily prayers.
We strongly recommend calling us in advance, so we can have someone be there to meet and welcome you and answer any questions you might have.
The English word “mosque” is derived from its Arabic equivalent, “masjid,” which means “place of prostration.” You will see Muslims perform their prayers, a part of which includes placing the forehead on the floor. Worshippers sit facing the front of the Mosque which will be in the direction of Mecca. This direction is called the “qiblah”.
You will get to hear the Arabic phrase “as-salaam alaikum” (“peace be upon you”). This greeting is returned by saying, “wa alaikum as-salaam” (“and peace be upon you too”). You will also hear the call to prayer or “adhan”.
Worshipers generally sit on the floor. Chairs are available for the elderly and for those who are not able to sit down. We have separate spaces designated for men and women to sit during the prayer.
Please be aware that many Muslims do not shake hands with anyone of the opposite gender. We thank you for your understanding.
It is appropriate to wear modest, loose-fitting clothes. For men, it is better to wear long pants, and for women to wear pants or full-length skirts or dresses, with long sleeves. Female visitors may cover their head to show respect to other worshipers or to enrich their own experience – though, it is not a requirement.
Shoes are removed before entering the mosque. Socks, stockings, or tights are therefore a good idea.