Mission Statement of the Islamic Center of America
The mission of the Islamic Center of America is to provide the facilities and the means, to the best of its ability, that will allow the Muslims, regardless of race, gender or nationality, to worship Allaah alone without ascribing partners in worship with Him by learning, practicing and calling to pure Islam all together in unity, without partisanship or division, based on the Qur’an and the authentic Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad Peace be upon him, with the understanding and the agreed upon practices of our Righteous Predecessors from among the first three outstanding generations and those that follow them with correct belief and the performance of good deeds.
A Brief History of the Masjidu Ahlis Sunnah
The Islamic Center of America, Masjidu Ahlis Sunnah, Madrasatu Ahlis Sunnah and Maktabatu Ahlis Sunnah were founded in 1981, under the leadership of Imam Ahmad Burhani, as The Islamic Center of East Orange, Masjid Rawdatullaah, for the sole purpose of providing the Muslims with a place to worship Allaah. Two short years later the small Muslim community had already outgrown the modestly rented storefront at 239 Central Avenue, East Orange, New Jersey.
Humbly attempting to please Allaah the Muslims purchased a 5,000 square foot building at 61 Lincoln Street, East Orange, New Jersey, to more than adequately provide enough room to accommodate the growth of Islam in East Orange, New Jersey and the increase in Muslims in and around the surrounding areas.
Then, in 1997 the Muslims acquired a 66,686 sq. ft. facility on one and a half acres to house a complete Islamic Center that would satisfy all the religious needs of the Muslims. The Masjid, which is over 19,000 sq. ft., holds over 3,500 believers and is one of the largest in the country, if not the largest. The Center is open all day, every day, for all of the five Salaah and Jumu’ah, classes, etc.
For many years here in America, the barrier of not knowing the Arabic language, no connection to the people of knowledge and the lack of credible sources on Islam written in English caused misinformation and incorrect knowledge to spread amongst the Muslims here in particular and in the West in general.
Then, by the decree of Allaah and His infinite wisdom, He allowed the knowledge of the Qur’an and the Sunnah with the practice of the first three outstanding generations to finally reach the Muslims in America. In light of this unadulterated understanding of Islam a few communities began to correct their beliefs and purify their practices. The Islamic Center of America, Masjidu Ahlis Sunnah and Madrasatu Ahlis Sunnah, is one such community, Inshaa Allaah.
This correct methodology of understanding and practicing Islam is known as the way of As Salaf As Saalih (The Righteous Predecessors). It is upon this methodology that the Islamic Center of America Masjidu Ahlis Sunnah and Madrasatu Ahlis Sunnah were established; and it is from that basis that we derived the characteristic Ahlus Sunnah. This is the understanding of Islam that we affiliate ourselves with and this is the understanding that we give da’wah to. So, Let The Sunnah Go Forth, And Don’t Stop It! Oh Allaah, make us from Ahlus Sunnah.
Biography of Imam Abu Muslimah
Imam Abu Muslimah first heard of Islam from Imam Abdul Wali Muhammad, the Imam of Masjidullah of Plainfield, NJ in 1976. He later embraced Islam in 1978 through relationships with the Haqq family of Bait Quraish, a Muslim group from Newark, NJ. In his plight to learn more about Islam, Imam Abu Muslimah became a student of Mubashir Uqdah at the Masjidullah of Plainfield, NJ in 1980 in which he learned how to make Wudoo and offer Salaah. In 1983, Imam Zaid Shakir guided him to a deeper level of clarity of the Islamic Religion and full vision of Islam.
Imam Abu Muslimah graduated from Rutgers in 1986, majoring in Management and African American Studies. In 1989, he obtained an Arabic Diploma for fluency in classical Arabic. In 1993, The Imam graduated from the College of Da’wah and the Fundamentals of the Religion, Islamic University of Medina, Saudi Arabia. Imam Abu Muslimah speaks, writes and understands Arabic with fluency. Arabic is considered his second language which has assisted him in educating various audiences and populations.
Abu Muslimah has been the Imam of The Islamic Center of America, Masjidu Ahlis Sunnah in East Orange, NJ since April 1995. Since this time, he has also served as the Islamic Studies Coordinator and/or teacher of Qur’an and Arabic off and on from 1994-present (18 years) at the Ahlus Sunnah School. He has developed curricula for Middle School and High School Islamic Education and teaches Qur’an, Arabic and Islamic studies. Since 1994, Imam Abu Muslimah has also served as a volunteer in the Tri-State Prison systems. From 1996-1997, he served as the Muslim Chaplain for Mountainview Youth Correctional Facility in Annandale, NJ.
The Imam was born and raised in Plainfield, NJ. He married in 1986 and he and his wife are the proud parents of nine children and six grandchildren. He is the author of over thirty (30) various published works and a well-known, sought out speaker on a national and international level.
The Imam is an avid reader and researcher with an extensive library of over 7,000 books. He is a consistent listener of beautiful Quranic Recitation. His favorite reciters are his Imam and former professor of Aqeedah, Ali Abdur-Rahman Al-Huthayfee, the Imam of the Prophet’s Masjid in Medina (Masjid Nabawi), and Sheikh Mahmood ibn Khaleel Al Husary.
Outside of his religious duties, family life and listening to Quranic Recitation; Imam Abu Muslimah has a love for herbal medicine and nutrition and is consistent with researching natural health remedies and preventive strategies by natural means. He loves Islam and has dedicated over 25 years of his life studying, preparing, teaching and researching. All praises due to ALLAH.