Masjid Al-Islam is the largest mosque in Rhode Island. Before its inception, most congregants attended Masjid Al-Karim. Due to the budding community, the masjid was created to provide conveience and new resources. Built in 1995, via local donations, particularly that of Dr. Muhammad Arif, who donated the land and a generous amount of monetary funds, Masjid Al-Islam welcomes Muslims of all backgrounds, as its adherents come from all over the world. Non-muslims, wishing to learn about the religion or provide communal support, are more than welcome to come in as well. Assalamu' Alaikum means may peace be upon you. Islam means submission. Welcome One! Welcome All!
Masjid Al-Islam offers congregational prayers, Islamic education, scholarly advice, marriage and death ceremonies, a Sunday school, and more. Adults are welcome to participate in social and religious gatherings, classes, and discussions. Congregants are avid community service volunteers. Currently programs exist to visit hospital patients and prison inmates. The mosque was in the news for providing aid to the families of the victims involved in the EgyptAir Flight 990 crash in 1999. The masjid is always open to hearing suggestions from community members. Major issues are brought to the community before decisions are made. The current Imam and leader of the mosque is Mufti Iqram ul-Haq. He is supported by a committee of six congregants who deal with administrative and financial matters.
Mufti Ikram ul-Haq memorized the Quran at the age of eleven in a short period of 13 months. He then went on to study Islamic Shari'a at the Institute of Islamic Sciences in Islamabad, Pakistan. These studies focused upon Arabic Grammar, Tafseer, Hadith, Fiqh, and the History of Islam. In 2002, he gained an Aalim degree from Al- Madania Institute in Buffalo, NY. In 2005, he went on to receive a Mufti degree. He has authored many books, such as "Rulings of Shariah for Issues of Muslims of the West" and "Companion of Hajj". Mufti Ikram often delivers lectures at various universities, participates in interfaith dialogue, and other invaluable efforts in the community. He is the founder and director of the Fatwa Center of America.