Information about this center is no longer updated. This data was last updated on 20 December 2013.Phone: 401-461-8452
Activities and ScheduleFive daily prayers Friday: Jum’ah prayer and khutba: 12:30 P.M. Sunday: children’s school and adult classes from 6:30-8:30 P.M.
DescriptionImmediately adjacent to a carwash, Masjid Zumratul Jannat was established in 1994 by buying part of an office building. The community began in the early 1990s as a part of Masjid Al-Razzaq, a primarily Nigerian masjid. As they grew and diversified, the need was felt to separate to a place where the vision and aims were not as centralized around particular racial needs. This community’s vision of racial unity and harmony in Islam is easily seen in its chosen name, which means “mosque of the people of paradise”. At present, this community of roughly 100 only uses approximately 25% of the space they own. It aims to furnish the rest of the building they acquired and eventually establish a permanently constructed mosque with traditional Islamic architecture. The members have a goal of providing the local youth an enriching alternative to the street life through education and spiritual development. Additionally, the masjid functions as a vehicle by which adults can progress back on their way towards a religious life, if they so choose. The masjid has an executive committee to see to the day-to-day affairs of the community, including the financial and administrative matters. Imam Akorede addresses the spiritual needs of the congregation.
Activities and ScheduleThis is primarily a Sunni mosque, with principal sources of authority in the Qur’an and Sunnah (The example of the prophet Muhammad). Using both Arabic and English in most activities, the community provides five daily prayers, Friday prayer, and a Sunday school for learning Arabic and Islamic studies for children and adults. Social activities, marriage, divorce, death, spiritual chanting (dhikr), and naming ceremonies are also provided. The masjid produces a monthly newsletter called “Noorul La” (“The light of God”) with articles on Islam and updates on community events and happenings.
Community/OutreachAlthough this masjid is yet to embark on any kinds of interfaith efforts, it maintains a strong connection to the larger Rhode Island Muslim community through its activities and communal practices. In 2000, Imam Akorede lead over two thousand Muslims in prayer at the annual Eid Al-Udha celebration. They welcome people of all faiths to their masjid and do not feel the need to try to convert others of different faiths, as quote the Qur’an when they assert that “there is no compulsion in religion.” Imam Akorede and others have worked in local juvenile detention centers educating others about Islam and non-violence and motivating them for active communal involvement. They also visit the sick in local hospitals and initiate various other public service projects.
Location and DirectionsFrom Route 95, take exit 22 (memorial blvd.) and continue downtown with the river on your right. Take a right onto Point Street and then a bear left onto Friendship Street. Cross over Broad Street as Friendship Street becomes West Friendship Street. Take an immediate left onto Elmwood Avenue. The Masjid is approximately three miles on the right next to the carwash.