Masjid Freehaven is an Islamic Community in the Association with the Leadership of Imam W.D. Mohammed, which proclaims the Universal Message of Al-Islam and that there is but one God and we are all one human family.
Masjid Freehaven was founded by a group of 12 Muslim families who for the most part lived and worked in the Lawnside area. The families came together regularly to celebrate their Iftars (breaking the fast) and Eids (Islamic Holidays), meeting in each other’s homes, sharing and discussing the needs of the growing Muslim community. As the gathering grew larger, we began discussing the need to open a Masjid in the Lawnside area. In the interim, we began meeting in our homes, businesses, schools, etc. We started conducting classes where we began teaching our children the tenants of Islam. Allah (SWT) blessed us to eventually find a location that would become the home of Masjid Freehaven. Once the property was located, the families sacrificed and raised the money to purchase to property outright.
Over the next nine years the building was slowly renovated and refurbished by a few dedicated brothers and sisters. The building which formerly was a nursing home and then a church became known as Masjid Freehaven. Masjid Freehaven’s name was chosen to commemorate the historical significance of this African-American community. The town was once known as Freehaven and was home to the Underground Railroad.
During the time that the building was being renovated, the small Muslim community began organizing and functioning as an Ummah, establishing a Shura board, selecting a resident Imam, and conducting weekly Taleems (religious educational services) in various homes and businesses. Masjid Freehaven was officially opened Friday May 16th 1999, after 9 years of hard work and dedication. For the grand opening, the late Imam WD Mohammed (son of the late Elijah and Clara Muhammad, founder of the Nation of Islam) traveled to Lawnside to officiate in the ceremonies. During his visit he was presented with the keys to the Masjid. Also present and to lend support to this historic occasion was the then State Senator Wayne R. Bryant and Borough Council President Mary Ann Wardlow and other borough officials. Ms. Wardlow now serves as our Mayor. Also present that day were many visiting Imams, fellow Muslims, our beloved pioneers who traveled from the surrounding areas to help celebrate this auspicious occasion.
Masjid Freehaven’s mission is committed to presenting, teaching and practicing AL-Islam in a clear and balanced way, never given to extremes and working for the good of humanity through collaboration and mutual respect with all right-minded people.
"Let there arise out of you a band of people inviting to all that is good, enjoining what is right, and forbidding what is wrong: They are the ones to attain felicity."
Holy Qur'an Surah 3 Ayat 104
Our Mission is to establish a balanced community life in the broadest sense, witnessing the eternal wisdom of the Holy Qur'an and the life example of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him). We will strive to cultivate the patterned growth of human excellence and good character through building valuable relationships with all God conscious people.
WHAT IS ISLAM?
WHO WAS MUHAMMED?
WHAT ARE THE 5 PILLARS?
Al-Islam is the complete way of life that reflects Submission of the Will of God. Islam means submission, derived from the Arabic word "Salaam", meaning "Peace".
Muhammed the Prophet was born in Mecca, the holiest city to Islam in Arabia in the year 570 or in the 6th Century.
1) Belief in One God (Allah)
2) Prayer five times a day to the One God
3) Fasting in the Month of Ramdan
4) Charity-giving called Zakat
5) Hajj or Pilgrimage to the Sacred House, the Ka'bah, in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, at least once.