Information about this center is no longer updated. This data was last updated on 27 August 2015.Phone: 201-432-1773
The Al Tawheed Islamic Center, founded in 1995 by members of the Arab Muslim community, was one of the earliest mosques to be established in Jersey City. Over the years, Al Tawheed has grown to become one of the largest and most active Muslim congregations in the city. Serving a population of predominantly Arab immigrant families, Al Tawheed is a hub for visiting Arab scholars and a number of educational classes. Al Tawheed’s building was originally a one-level mosque that consisted of a men’s prayer section, women’s prayer section, restrooms, and a kitchen. On Friday, February 28, 2014, an electrical fire destroyed the entire interior of the building along with the roof, leading to the relocation of the mosque’s prayer services. On the day of the fire Jersey City mayor Steven Fullop and his administration arranged for Al Tawheed’s prayer services to be held at the Jersey City Armory. During the weeks that followed, the nearby Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints offered their space to the community for Friday services. About a month after the fire, Al Tawheed secured a large tent which was placed over the mosque’s parking lot and is where its prayer services are held at present. The tent is divided into a men’s prayer section and a women’s prayer section, with a table of water dispensers located outside the tent for ablution. The Center is presently raising funds to rebuild their mosque at the same location, with a new layout that will expand to two floors and more classroom space. Al Tawheed holds the five daily prayers, along with the annual Ramadan prayer services. In addition to organizing sports and recreation activities for the youth, Al Tawheed holds weekend classes for children to learn proper Qur’anic recitation. The mosque also offers classes for newly converted Muslims and marriage counseling services. Al Tawheed is one of the few Islamic centers in Jersey City that provides funeral services for the Muslim community. Due to the recent fire however, most services have been temporarily suspended. Al Tawheed’s tent currently serves as a space for offering the five daily prayers and was also the location for the nightly prayer services during Ramadan (taraweeh).