The Islamic Center of Tennessee (ICT) was established in 2010 with the goal of educating both the Muslim and non-Muslim communities in Middle Tennessee. Located in Antioch, a community southeast of Nashville, the Carmike Bell Forge Theater was purchased with money raised from the local community and transformed into the Islamic Center of Tennessee. Many of ICT’s founders are also active members of Muslim communities in Nashville and have tirelessly contributed to ICT.
As the largest Islamic Center in Middle Tennessee, ICT strives to provide unprecedented and professional Islamic and educational services to its parishioners. As the newest and most diverse community in Nashville, ICT aims to unite Muslims upon the true teachings of tolerance and peace from the Qu’ran and Sunnah.
- Five daily prayers
- Juma’a (Friday) prayer services
- Ramadan Tarawih prayers
- Dua requests
- Qur’an and Arabic Classes
- Summer Arabic & Qur’an programs
- Weekly Friday night community lecture
- After school Qur’an classes for junior to high school students
- Classes for reverts and converts NEW*
- Lectures from guest speakers
- Theater hall for reservations
- Crescent Cafe
General Press Release
We, The Islamic Center of Tennessee, stand against all forms of terrorism, injustice and oppression. Allah, the Most High, said:
And do not kill those souls whom Allah has prohibited unless [justified by] a due [legal] right
We stand against all sympathizers, supporters and perpetrators of terror as the prophet Said: “A Muslim person will not cease to be clearly and correctly upon his religion as long as they do not spill blood which is impermissible for them”.
We stand against any person or group harboring malicious intent, especially those who would attempt to influence our community and its members. Our Prophet said: “Oppression is darkness on the Day of Judgment”
Our house of worship actively creates a safe place in a variety of ways including, but not limited to:
- Working with government and law enforcement officials by organizing presentations, workshops and town hall style forums.
- Engaging with other houses of worship in our vicinity to build lasting relationships between our congregations.
- Unique programming and events for women and children that focus on education and leisure.
- We provide best practices training and perform background checks on all volunteers and staff that have any level of access to our youth.
- Creating accurate, nurturing, educational, and social programs for new Muslims.
- Providing financial support for those who in need with an emphasis on women and families with children.
- Providing counseling services for troubled youth, troubled marriages, etc.
As a house of worship that welcomes the public to visit, we do not endorse or hold ourselves accountable to the statements, opinions, or positions expressed by random visitors our center. However, we do reserve and have exercised our right to deny access to our congregation to specific individuals at our discretion.
We do not hesitate to contact the authorities to remove and/or report people causing a disturbance or whom we believe may be a threat to the society at large and Our Mosque strives to be a safe place for all of our congregants and visitors.
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Nashville
NASHVILLE, Tenn. [Sept. 24, 2012] Habitat for Humanity of Greater Nashville kicks off its 2012 Fall. Please click here to read more.
ICT Sisters Committee Participates in Habitat for Humanity Building Projects
Alhamdulillah in May of 2012, the Sisters Committee helped and participated in the building of a home for a mother of 2 in Tennessee. Alhamdulillah, it was very successful. ICT deeply appreciates everyone’s help and dedication. ICT hopes that more people will join project efforts such as these to better their faith and to find their voice and calling in Islamic Social Justice!
ICT’s Director of Education interviewed by The Tennessean
Click here to read the article.
ICT Representation at the 2012 American Muslim Jurists Association Convention
In early February 2012, Sh. Chao represented ICT at the annual AMJA conference held at the Holiday Inn LAX in Los Angeles, CA. There, he met with hundreds of Imams, scholars and activists who had come to discuss and understand the issue of halal meat and its industry in the United States.
ICT Representation at TIRCC Annual Convention
On Nov 12, 2011, Sh. A.R. Chao represented ICT at the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition Annual Convention at Antioch High School. Sh. Chao was able to meet leaders of ACLU, members of TIRCC, as well as local and statewide Muslim community leaders to talk about Islamaphobia. Sh. Chao also extended a hand in helping TIRCC make videos on the importance of sharing stories among people.
Channel 5 Interviews Sh. A.R.Chao
On Nov 13, 2011, Sh. A.R. Chao, ICT’s Director of Education was interviewed by CBS News Channel 5 to give his response to Rep. Womick’s allegations that Muslims are not to be trusted, as well as purged from the military. Sh. Chao took the opportunity to counter these hateful statements and took the opportunity to spread a message of tolerance and peace. The full clip can be seen here.
ICT Eid al-Adha
On Nov 6, 2011, ICT held its first Eid al-Adha prayers, sermon and festivities. In addition to marking this religious holiday, this event has been especially momentous and auspicious for the community as Theater No. 10 Multipurpose Hall opened its doors to the community. Almost 4000 attendees celebrated Eid al-Adha at ICT, a record number!
The leadership at ICT is thankful to Allah for the bounties and blessings given to them. ICT also thanks its donors for helping them complete Theater No. 10 and is excited to put it to the community’s good use. Please click here for photos of the Eid prayer.
Sh. A.R. Chao visits West End United Methodist Church
On Oct 9, 2011, Sh. A.R. Chao, ICT’s Director of Education was the guest speaker at West End United Methodist Church and engaged the youth group there in a lively and informative discussion about “Islam in America.” ICT is thankful for the invitation and hopes that more meetings of such will be a conduit to understanding, tolerance and education.
Sean P. Williams, Minister of Youth and Young Adults thanked Sh. A.R Chao and said,
“I wanted to thank you as well. You did a great job sharing, and I think our group learned a lot, discovered some of that which we share with your faith, and are hopefully better able to love others. Please let us know if we can ever help you with anything, I look forward to continuing the conversation/connection. Take care.”
The 10th Anniversary of the September 11 attacks
September 10, 2011 10:00 pm
On the eve of the anniversary of the 9/11 tragic attacks, ICT firmly and unequivocally denounces, rejects and strongly condemns all forms of terrorism and violence. ICT reiterates its commitments to peace, tolerance and civic duty. ICT firmly believes in non-violent peaceful practices of Islam, as well as beneficial and forthright dialogue. ICT mourns the loss of life resulting from the tragic, heinous, barbaric and cowardly attacks of September 11, 2011.
ICT also stands in solidarity with victims of hate, discrimination, intolerance and bigotry. ICT stands firm in its resolve to denounce these forms of injustices and will actively work with communities who have been victims of threats, intimidation and bullying stemming from Islamophobic rhetoric. ICT will take all means necessary in accordance to the federal, state, county and city laws of the United States to protect its premises from any form of violence and hate crime threats directed towards it.
To combat hate and intolerance, ICT has availed itself to educational opportunities in partnership with NPR to host a screening of Not in our Town, a documentary depicting various communities unified in their resolve to eradicate hate. For more information on this screening, please click here.
When the tragedy struck Alabama the summer of 2011, ICT, in partnership with St. Paul’s Episcopalian Church in Murfreesboro, TN responded to the tornado victims by donating over 40,000 pounds of supplies, food, water and aid. ICT wishes to thank St. Paul’s Episcopalian Church for their help and support. ICT is also very grateful and humble for the blessed opportunity to help all those who are in need regardless of faith or nationality.