The Islamic Center of Greensboro was formed in March of 1994 at its original Murrow Boulevard location, beginning with a very small group of Muslims, having only 4 people gather for the first Jumu’ah service. The weekly attendance grew to 150+ per week and in June of 1997 ICG relocated to Patterson Street. Attendance reached 300+ per week before moving in June of 2000 to the newly built masjid at 16th Street, where today we happily greet 450+ Muslims per week for Jumu’ah services and hope to see that number rise insha’Allah as more people find out about ICG. We are already making plans to insha’Allah expand our facility further to accomodate our rapidly growing ummah, Alhamdulillah!
The Islamic Center of Greensboro is an active and thriving part of the Islamic community, offering educational experiences and social gatherings for our ummah. There are classes available to learn Quran and Arabic. There are also classes for new Muslims to learn about Hadith, Quran, Sunnah, living Islamically, and also where they have the opportunity to meet other new Muslims and form friendships and gain mentors among long-time and lifelong Muslims. There are also occasional Quran recitation competitions for adults with prizes awarded to the winners! We also have Quran competitions for children in which they have a chance to memorize Quran (age appropriate, even the very young are able to participate!) and recite what they learned, competing against their peers to determine who recites it best and most accurately.
As well as classes for enriching the understanding of Islam for all Muslims there is also a full-time school for children and a weekend school for those who attend public school during the week. The children in the full time school, Islamic Academy (GIA), receive a well-rounded education approved by the North Carolina Board of Education and in addition to academic studies they are taught about Islam and learn Quran and Islamic concepts and principles.
The children enrolled in the weekend school have the chance to form friendships with other Muslim children (they are often the only Muslims in their classrooms at the public schools) and are able to supplement their academic education with lessons about their religion.
Occasionally we also have social gatherings such as family picnics where all are welcome to come and share in food and fun. During Ramadan we break the fast each day with a huge feast and all are welcome. We also have overnight and/or weekend summer camps for children and youth.
In addition to the many opportunities to enrich your understanding of Islam and expand your network of Muslim friends, you are also invited to the most wonderful of things, to worship Allah (SWT) in our musallah five times a day for Fajr, Dhuhr, Asr, Maghrib, and Isha, and especially for the Friday Jumu’ah service in which the Khutbah is delivered in both English and Arabic. To check the times for the prayers please click here.