About The Islamic Association of Raleigh
The Islamic Association of Raleigh (IAR) is an Islamic center serving as a masjid, school, and a gathering place for the Muslim community in the Triangle region of North Carolina.
The Islamic Center consists of two buildings providing a main musullah (prayer hall) and a private Sisters' musallah, education facilities, multipurpose hall and gym, library, Sisters' areas, children's play areas, and Al-Maidah Kitchen and Cafe.
Three shifts of Jummah (Friday) prayers are held in order to make it easy for everybody to attend the Friday prayers and the late timings of the third shift of Friday prayers are targeted specially for Muslim students to attend prayers after regular school hours.
Eid prayers are usually held at NC State Fairgrounds to accommodate large gatherings of the community.
Three major educational services are offered:
- Al-Furqan Sunday School for Muslim children,
- Al-Iman a full time Islamic school compliant with North Carolina education standards, and
- An Noor Quran Academy a full time school for Qur'an memorization and learning.
Social services include zakaat and sadaqa (alms and charity) distribution and refugee assistance.
IAR offers Hajj group services managed by a qualified Hajj leader every year. IAR also offers washing, funeral, and burial services in a private Muslim cemetery in Zebulon.
Community events include annual picnics and the Health Fair, which offers various free medical services and information and is open to the public.
Al-Maidah Kitchen and Cafe is open for lunch and dinner and also offers catering services.
The Islamic Association of Raleigh is blessed with the knowledge and guidance of Imam Mohammad Baianonie and Imam Sameh Asal, as well as the services of countless volunteers, the Board of Directors, the Shura, and the Executive Committee.