be proud of your identity — some things i just do not know

Q: Salam Alaikum,
My question is: why are all of the masjids now called “Islamic Centers”? i.e. Khadeeja Masjid is now called Khadeeja Islamic Center.

Jazakumullahu Khairen
Time: Tuesday December 28, 2010 at 12:55 am

A: وعليكم السلام ورحمة الله وبركاته

You have asked a good question. The plausible reasoning could be as follows:

The concept of a place of worship being called an Islamic center is an attempt to assist with assimilation to mainstream America. Such a naming process could also function as a ploy to make Muslims feel more ‘Americanized’ and less ‘strange’ and ‘foreign.’
Then there are those that merely do it so as to assist ‘friends’ to better spot a place of worship. After-all, it would be more easier for a nonmuslim guest to Google in ‘Islamic center’ then ‘Musjid.’
Allah Certainly Knows Best

One response to “be proud of your identity — some things i just do not know

  1. worried mother

    As-salaam-alaikum. I agree with the comment made about Khadeeja Mosque versus Islamic Center, why change it? (note-mosque already is an English vocabulary term) A mosque identifies with a place of worship, such as a church and synogogue versus an Islamic Center represents a place where many activities occur like Boys and Girls Center, Christian Center, Jewish Community Center. I do not think that Muslims need to cater themselves to non-Muslims and become so americanized, as the Imam has indicated, when it comes to our places of worship. Those who want to find a mosque will find it. I will tell you that the people, or members of the Islamic community, were not consulted about this name change nor asked to vote or given reason for this change; the name was orginally given with the consensus of the people who helped build this facility unfortunately, the respect was not given by the recent board members to those same people when making such a big change. One day, the sign needed to be fixed and the next time it came up with a different name. In all my years in America, I have never seen a name of a place of worship changed.
    Jazakullah-khair