Islamic Society Of Greater Charlotte (ISGC)

This profile was last updated in 2003

Activities and Schedule

Friday: 1:30 Jumu’ah Prayer
Sunday: Sunday School, 1:25 prayer

History

The Islamic Society of Greater Charlotte was founded in 1996 by a few local Muslim families. They wanted a place teach their children the Muslim religion, the Arabic language, the Qur’an, and how to teach Islam. At first they were meeting in a classroom at the local college to pray. After that they started meeting at someone’s house and having fund raisers called Musha. They saved for fifteen years to buy the land on 7025 The Plaza and construct a small building for their first mosque. Today, they use that first building for Sunday school and have built a much bigger mosque right beside it. Inside the new mosque they have a much larger temple, washing area, and place to put their shoes. They also have an office and more classrooms for Sunday school. They currently have on average about 80 to 100 students for Sunday school.

Demographics

The Muslims who worship at the Islamic Society of Greater Charlotte come from various parts of the East. Mainly the mosque is made up of Indian, Pakistani, and Turkish community members. Along with the 80 to 100 children who attend Sunday school, they also have a great number of women, teens, and men who attend on Sundays. On other days it is mostly men who attend the mosque.

Description

The Islamic Society of Greater Charlotte has two buildings right beside each other. The newest building is the main part of the mosque where members pray, have offices, and have classes. When one first walks in the door one sees a tile floor with shoes all over the place and a hallway with shelves to put shoes on. To the left is the prayer room. It has a reddish color carpet with a crème curtain separating the room into two sections. Up the stairs above the hallway are many different classrooms for Sunday school. The mosque office is to the left at the top of the stairs at the end of the hall.

Research by:

Jacqueline M. Hobeika 2/15/02