Student explores Scranton area mosques

Nora backus
Faith Correspondent

Symbolically important to Muslims, the mosque is the house of prayer in Islam. Early Muslims referred to the house of worship as masjid (mescit). The Arabic word masjid literally means ‘place for prostration.’ Today the Arabic ‘masjid,’ and the English ‘mosque’ are used exclusively for religious houses in Islam. The mosque represents a humble way for man to recreate divine presence on Earth.

There are two types of mosques: the main mosque is called jama’a. Friday prayer is recited within the jama’a. In English, the term jama’a is rarely used; “Friday Mosque” and “Great Mosque” are more commonly used terms. The second type of mosque, masjid, is considered to be a local and smaller mosque. While these can be richly adorned, they can seldom be compared to the jama’as.
The Campus Mosque
306 Taylor Ave.

In 1996, the first mosque in the city of Scranton was founded right here. The University saw the growing need for a place of worship for Muslim students. The Scranton Muslim community was spiritually uplifted by The University’s desire to give them a mosque on campus.

The gift of the mosque reflects the growing diversity of The University’s student body and The University’s commitment to meeting the spiritual needs of all students.
The mosque is open to the public for prayer and reflection. The Friday service starts at 12:30 p.m. (standard time), and at 1 p.m. (Daylight Saving Time). Everyone is welcome to attend. This allows students the opportunity to learn about culture and religious differences first-hand.
Islamic Center of Scranton
1509 West Pass Ave.

In May of 2015, the Islamic Center of Scranton was opened. The center allows more worship space for the ever-growing Scranton Muslim community. A self-described vibrant and welcoming community, The Islamic Center reflects the diversity of cultures and traditions of Muslims from around the world. The mission of the center is to serve Scranton and surrounding communities with programs in education, arts, culture and recreation. The Scranton Muslim Community aims to foster cooperation and understanding between people of all faiths and backgrounds through relevant programs and initiatives.
Prayer Times:
Jummah: Fridays at 12:15 p.m.
Maghrib: 5 minutes after Athan – Isha: 8:45 p.m.
Islamic Association of Northeast PA
999 Scott St.

IANEPA is a full service masjid featuring daily Fajr and Isha Prayers, as well as Jumu’ah Prayer, and a Sunday School for both adults and children.
Prayer Times:
Fajr: 6:30 a.m.
Ish’a: 8:30 p.m.
Jumu’ah: 1:15 p.m.
Sunday School: 11 a.m. – 2:15 p.m.
Dba Masjid Tawheed
48 Academy St.

Opening in 2011, Dba Masjid Tawheed is a small, fairly new mosque in the religious organizations industry located in Wilkes Barre.

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