Who are the Muslims of Johnson County, Kansas?

By our estimates, there are about two to three thousand Muslims in Johnson County. The majority are highly educated professionals living in Overland Park, Leawood and Olathe. We are doctors, nurses, lawyers, professors, teachers, students, accountants, real estate agents, engineers, technicians, and business owners. We are first and second generation proud Kansans and Americans who are well-assimilated in our beautiful Johnson County community.

Can I tour your Center?

Absolutely! Please send a short email to interfaith@icjc.org and we will arrange for a tour and a Q&A session.

Why do Muslim women cover their hair and bodies?

Islam prescribes that both men and women behave and dress modestly. Muslims believe that an emphasis on modesty encourages society to value individuals for their wisdom, skills and contribution to the community, rather than for physical attractiveness. There are a number of ways in which Muslims express such teachings. Men and boys are always to be covered from the navel to the knee, while Muslim women, when in public, wear loose-fitting, non-revealing clothing and cover their hair.

Why do Muslims pray 5 times a day?

Muslims pray five times a day every day to maintain and strengthen their connection with God. It is highly encouraged to perform these prayers in congregation (at the mosque) as much as possible. Each prayer takes about 10 minutes on average. In addition to the daily prayers, Muslims gather on Fridays for a special prayer that includes a 30 minute sermon. Most Muslims do attend this prayer at the mosque.

What Holidays do Muslims celebrate?

Muslims have two major religious observances each year for those who are able: fasting the month of Ramadan and Pilgrimage to Mecca. With these two major events, come two corresponding holidays connected with each one. The first holiday comes after Ramadan and is called Eid Al-Fitr which is the "The Festival of Fast-Breaking." The second is Eid Al-Adha "The Festival of Sacrifice, which comes at the end of the annual pilgrimage. All Islamic holidays are observed according to the lunar-based calendar.