A sense of belonging and yearning for identity with an Islamic Community brought together a few Muslims in this area of Central New Jersey. Thus in 1970 the nucleus of the Islamic Community was formed from four Muslim students from Rutgers University and four families from the university environs.
The Islamic Society of Central Jersey Expansion Project is a sign of the gradual evolution of the nucleus of the Islamic community that was founded in 1970 by a few Muslim students from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. This small Islamic community was guided by a vision to preserve and perpetuate the Islamic heritage and uphold its ethical and intellectual standards. The pursuit of this vision and the gradual expansion of the Muslim community, in the United States in general and in our extended geographical area in particular, are among the main factors that transformed our Islamic community from the small nucleus of the early 1970’s to a thriving community it is now.
Currently our community is represented by an integrated institution that offers more than just a place of worship. It would be hard for the majority of Muslims in Central New Jersey, whether they live in the vicinity or a distance away from the society, to find an event in their life in which ISCJ was not involved. Whether in happiness or at a time of sorrow, ISCJ is there to share joy or provide much needed support during tragedies.
ISCJ is a diversified community comprising of Muslims of many nationalities and their American-born offspring. This includes recent immigrant professionals and business people from all over the globe. The diversity of our community has also attracted American Muslims. ISCJ is full of activity on a daily basis; in addition, the institution provides a number of services as listed below:
The ISCJ Board of Trustees has been carefully planning for the future with a strategic vision: a vision towards our future generations. The success of our educational and cultural services attracted more Muslim families to live within the vicinity of the Society. Our dynamic and constantly growing community mandated the need to meet the growing demands on our educational, religious, and social services. Our educational activities are currently housed in modular units of limited capacity, the license for which will soon expire. The current facilities are inadequate for the development of our students to their full potential in educational, scientific, and physical fitness areas.
The mosque capacity and the parking currently available are insufficient to accommodate the large congregations on Friday prayers and other occasions. During the past few years, the ISCJ Board has been carefully developing the engineering plans for a community expansion project. This expansion necessitated the acquisition of additional adjacent properties that was financed by members' donations. Developing the engineering plans and securing a resolution to approve them from the South Brunswick Township resulted in substantial technical and legal fees, all financed by members' donations.
The Expansion Project is anticipated to transform ISCJ into an integrated Islamic institution that will be viewed as a symbol for Muslim unity, strength, and stature in North America. This institution will be the source of inspiration for current and future generations of Muslims living in the surrounding areas.