Religious Services
 

Shahada

 

Shahada (Profession of Faith): The Shahada is the first pillar of Islam “La ilaha illa Allah, Muhammadur rasoolu Allah” “There is no God but Allah, and Muhammad is the messenger of Allah”. It consists of two parts, first, “There is no god but Allah” is an acknowledgment of tawhid, the oneness of Allah upon which all Islamic theology is based. The second is the acceptance that “Muhammad is (Allah’s) messenger”.

A single honest recitation of the Shahada in Arabic is all that is required for a person to become a Muslim. This declaration is called the Kalima, which literally means “word”. Non-Muslims wishing to convert to Islam do so by reciting it. Accepting Islam is the simple act of reciting the “Shahada” with witnesses present. This act of Shahada must be voluntary and come from within a pure act of sincerity and acceptance. It is important to remember whether you decide to take the shahada or not, make sure you are doing it for the right reasons.

As the Quran says: “There is no compulsion in religion” Q: 2: 256

Taking the Shahada is a new experience and will require time and effort. Take the time to read and seek knowledge. The path to finding religious contentment can be difficult and rewarding at the same time. Remember to gain all the information you can, but do not overwhelm yourself with the idea that it has to be perfect right away. Be patient with yourself and others.

Questions: If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to us and we will connect you to a practicing Muslim who can be your mentor. For more details, please go to “Connect” tab, ‘New Muslim’ on the home page.

Contact: If you are ready to take the Shahada or just interested in Islam, reach out to us at 208.429.1866 or email at secretary@boisemuslims.org

Marriage/ Nikah

 

The Islamic Center offers to our Community the following services. An appointment is necessary for all religious services.

“And among His Signs is this, that He created for you mates from among yourselves, that ye may dwell in tranquility with them, and He has put love and mercy between your (hearts): verily in that are Signs for those who reflectQ 30:21

Marriage is an act of worship. In Islam, this is an agreement and contract between husband and wife in accordance to the Qur’an and Sunnah of the Holy Prophet Mohammed (Peace be upon Him) which provides a foundation for family life.

Requirements:

Islamic Center of Boise requires an Idaho Issued Marriage License prior to the Marriage/Nikah ceremony. Requirements of a marriage ceremony at the Islamic Center include:

  • An Idaho marriage license
  • Bride and Groom with valid IDs
  • Two witnesses with valid IDs
  • ICB requires the amount of Mahr (dowry) to be agreed upon by the groom and the bride before the Nikah and be mentioned at the time of the marriage
  • Fee of $100
  • Schedule an appointment

Contact: 208.429.1866 or email at secretary@boisemuslims.org

Resources:

“Before You Tie the Knot” Salma Abugudairi & Imam Mohamed Magid

“Mahr” – The Marriage Gift”

“Islamic Marriage Contracts Resource Guide” – Peaceful Families Project

Divorce in Islam

 

Divorce: Divorce is permitted in Islam as a last resort, if it is not possible to continue a marriage and all options have been exhausted. Islam outlines a process that needs to be followed both before and after a divorce.

In Islam, marriage is a great blessing. Each partner in the marriage has certain rights and responsibilities, which are to be fulfilled in the best interests of the family. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. It is important that both parties understand the process and be guided through relevant Islamic teachings, to ensure both parties’ rights are being protected.

Islamic Center of Boise requires that the party must provide a court approved divorce decision prior to issuing the religious letter.

Requirements:

  • Copy of the legal divorce decree
  • Valid IDs
  • Two witnesses with valid IDs
  • Schedule an appointment

Contact: 208.429.1866 or email at secretary@boisemuslims.org

Funeral Service

 

Who say, when afflicted with calamity: “To Allah We belong, and to Him is our return” Q 2: 156

Life and Death happens according to the will of Allah. Islam encourages us to be mindful of the transitory nature of this world and prepare for the Hereafter, which is everlasting.

The Islamic Center of Boise is committed to providing service and guidance to all Muslims in performing the religious duties of an Islamic funeral for their deceased.

The total cost of each burial is $4,000 (Four Thousand Dollars). If a family is not able to meet the cost, ICB will do its best to raise donations to cover the expenses. The Islamic Center keeps an inventory of the Funeral/ Janazah pack (white cotton shroud to wrap the body and the accessory to prepare the body for burial).

Funeral home

https://www.aldenwaggoner.com

Cemetery

https://www.cityofboise.org/departments/parks-and-recreation/cemeteries/morris-hill-cemetery/

Contact: Please call the Islamic Center at 208.429.1866.  You can also reach out to Brother Tariq  208-794-3594 for more information about funeral arrangements at the Center.

Note: There will be no structure allowed to be built other than what is authorized by the Islamic Center of Boise. For a complete list of all cemetery regulations, please reach out to the President of ICB.