Schedule a Visit at ISGC

We are glad that you have decided to visit our mosque which is a place of worship for all Muslims! We welcome all who would like to visit and observe the daily prayers and participate in the daily activities at ISGC. 

ISGC arranges presentations and visits to the mosque for schools, churches, and other organizations. Visits can also be arranged for individuals interested in learning about Islam and the Muslim community. Please contact us to set up visitation time for yourself or your group.

The most frequently asked questions are answered below.

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What should I wear?
It is most 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. For women, you do not have to wear a headscarf.
Why do we take our shoes off?
It is appropriate to remove one’s shoes before entering the prayer area at a mosque, so that the floors and carpets aren’t covered with dirt–after all, that is where people pray.
How do Friday prayers work?
Friday is the day of congregational prayers for Muslims–so a short sermon followed by a short prayer at the mosque in congregation is substituted for the regular noon-time prayer. The service begins with the call to prayer, followed by a lecture (rather, two short lectures with a brief pause in the middle). After the lecture (called a khutbah), another call to prayer is made and the congregation stands to follow the imam in the prayer.
Talking during prayer
If you need to talk to someone during the prayer (while you are not praying, of course) please take the conversation outside the prayer hall into the lobby or hallways so as to not distract those who are praying.
Shaking hands with opposite gender
Please be aware that many Muslims do not shake hands with anyone of the opposite gender. That is, men do not shake hands with women, and women do not shake hands with men. Unless he/she extends his/her hand first, it is better to not extend yours.

These FAQs were written by a volunteer, Br. Syed Shah.