Muslim Society of Memphis

Information about this center is no longer updated. This data was last updated on 29 October 2006.

Phone: 901-685-8906
Website: http://www.memphismuslims.org

History

In May of 1978, the Muslim Society of Memphis was founded by Dr. Akbib, Dr. Khandekar, and Dr. Usman, and others. Prior to 1978, Muslims met in their homes and leased a space in the University of Tennessee Student Center. In 1980, the society purchased a small house on a two acre plot at 1065 Stratford in Memphis. Since the community was out growing the small house, the present mosque was built in 1984.

Activities and Schedule

Five prayers a day are held in the mosque, with the evening prayer being the most heavily attended. On Friday a congregational prayer is held. On Sunday, educational services at 11 a.m. include reading of the Qur'an and general theology followed by a community affairs discussion. Topics of discussion have included the 9/11 incident, FBI profiling, and a review of related newspaper articles and how they reflect on the Muslim community. Educational services for youth are coordinated by Pleasant View, an elementary school founded by the Muslim Society of Memphis.
After September 11, the Masjid As-Salam immediately responded with several open houses, seminars, and visitation to neighboring churches to educate the surrounding community about Islam and to address misconceptions the wider community might have. One misconception often addressed was the term jihad. Crusaders from the middle ages interpreted jihad as holy war; however in Islam jihad means a struggle against evil, which can include everyday temptations.

Community and Center Description

Many ethnicities attend As-Salam including those with origins in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, and Egypt. The languages spoken are mainly Urdu and Arabic. The age groups range from infants to elders with the majority of the community members ranging from 40 to 60 years old.
The facility is approximately 10,000 square feet and has been expanded since 1984. Additions include a playground, community activities center, and an enlarged parking lot.
As-Salam currently has no Imam. The Board of Advisors consists of 7 elected individuals who in turn elect a president from that group. The Board is composed of both men and women. Masjid As-Salam has nonprofit tax status as well as bi-laws and a constitution.