For decades, the Islamic Center of Pittsburgh has been the largest Islamic institution in the Greater Pittsburgh area, providing quality religious, educational, and social services in a diverse and culturally respectful environment. Located in close proximity to several university campuses in the Schenley Farms National Historic District, the Islamic Center of Pittsburgh has long been an integral part of the Pittsburgh community, serving as an excellent location to visit, study, and get involved through its various programs, events, and services.
We wish to make your visit as comfortable and enjoyable as possible, so here are some helpful tips for visiting our mosque:
Can non-Muslims and large groups visit the Islamic Center?
Yes; our mosque is open to people of all faiths and backgrounds. We look forward to welcoming you inside our place of worship.
How should I dress?
As is customary when entering any place of worship, we ask that all men and women dress modestly. For men and women, we would advise wearing loose-fitting clothing covering the neckline, shoulders and upper arms. Pants, slacks or skirts covering the knees are fine. A head covering is not a requirement for entering the mosque.
Do I need to remove my shoes?
Housed within our Center is our spiritual hub- the prayer hall (Arabic: mussallah) where we hold our religious services. You will be required to remove your shoes when inside the lobby before stepping onto the red carpeted area of the prayer hall; this is done to maintain the cleanliness of the prayer area. There are shoe racks located near both the men’s and women’s entrances to the prayer hall where shoes can be placed. Please remember to take all personal items, such as coats, keys and backpacks with you into the prayer hall.
May I ask questions during my visit?
Yes! Please do not hesitate to ask any type of question. I am more than happy to answer any and all questions. In fact, we encourage it! Many students from the surrounding high schools and colleges take notes on their computers. However, photography is permitted only under certain conditions. Please remember to ask permission before taking pictures.
How do I make a reservation to visit the mosque for services, study groups and educational tours?
Email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please allow for several days to a week’s notice so I can adjust my schedule accordingly to meet with you.
Where do I park?
Parking is free on Friday afternoons: every month, the ICP issues a parking variance form which enables visitors to park for free on several surrounding streets on Fridays only. Prior to your visit, please be sure to print out the variance and place it on the inside dashboard of your car so it will be visible to the parking authority; otherwise you might get a parking ticket. Parking variances are also available in our main lobbies if you should forget to bring one. The parking variance can always be found at the bottom of the homepage of our website.
Because the ICP is situated in a beautiful residential neighborhood, it is very important that you exercise extreme caution as not to block our neighbor’s driveways!
For any further questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact us. We look forward to meeting with you!