WELCOME TO ALFALAH CENTERA 501(c)3 Organization - Tax Exempt EIN: 90-0639190
Alfalah Islamic Center in Somerset County provides various services such as five daily prayers, Jummah prayers, Islamic School on Saturdays and Sundays, Taraweeh prayers, community Iftars, Eid Prayers, and much more. The Islamic Center serves the residents of Bridgewater, Basking Ridge, Bedminster, Bernardsville, Warren, Watchung, New Providence, Berkley Heights, Chester, Summit, and surrounding areas.
Alfalah Islamic Sunday school provides comprehensive Islamic education to children between ages 5 to 18 years. The curriculum includes Qur’anic and Islamic Studies, Arabic language and youth discussions on relevant issues. Youth activities include field trips, community service projects, and leadership training.
Bridgewater Mosque Case Settlement Press Release
December 2, 2014 -- Al Falah Center announces it has reached a settlement with Bridgewater Township. The settlement is a very significant step in Al Falah Center’s goal to build the first mosque in Bridgewater Township.
The case, Al Falah Center v. the Township of Bridgewater, arose out of the Township’s enactment of Ordinance 11-03 shortly after Al Falah Center filed an application with the Bridgewater Planning Board for site plan approval that would enable it to convert the Redwood Inn, a former banquet hall that Al Falah Center had purchased, into a mosque. Ordinance 11-03 changed the rules so that houses of worship would be conditionally permitted only on designated roads that did not include Mountain Top Road, where the Redwood Inn is. This changed 75 years of settled zoning policy that had permitted or conditionally permitted houses of worship on all roads in Bridgewater’s residential zones.
This change imposed an unjustified burden on the exercise of the Al Falah Center community’s religion, so Al Falah Center sued the Township and alleged violations of its constitutional and statutory rights. In particular, Al Falah alleged violations of the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA), which protects religious institutions against discrimination and unlawful burdens on religious worship. On September 30, 2013, the Federal Court ruled in favor of Al Falah Center, preliminarily enjoining the Township from applying Ordinance 11-03 to Al Falah Center’s mosque application. The Court found that Al Falah Center had not only demonstrated irreparable injury to the Muslim community that had been deprived of the ability to use its property as a house of worship, but had also demonstrated that it was likely to succeed on the merits, at least of its statutory claim. The Court also rejected the Township’s argument that the lawsuit was premature and that Al Falah Center should have pursued a zoning variance before filing suit. The Court ordered the Planning Board to consider Al Falah Center’s application to build a mosque at the Redwood Inn before the Planning Board under the previous ordinance and without applying the new ordinance that Al Falah Center had challenged.
Following this ruling, the parties engaged in extensive settlement negotiations that have now resulted in an agreement designed to allow Al Falah Center to build its house of worship in Bridgewater. Under the terms of the settlement, the Township has agreed to exchange a 10.75 acre piece of land on Route 202/206 in Bridgewater for the Redwood Inn property. The exchange will occur only after Al Falah Center has obtained all approvals necessary to construct a mosque on the new property; if those approvals are not obtained, the settlement provides that the preliminary injunction will be made permanent so that Al Falah Center can pursue the construction of a mosque at the Redwood Inn site without reference to the challenged ordinance. In addition, Al Falah Center has received a substantial monetary settlement which it can use to help finance construction of its mosque on either of the two properties.
“We applaud the Mayor and the Council for entering into this Agreement and look forward to working cooperatively with them to reach our objective. And we want to thank our legal team, who have stood by us throughout,” Yasser Abdelkader, President of Al Falah Center, stated. Al Falah Center is represented by Arnold & Porter LLP, Archer & Greiner, P.C., The Brennan Center for Justice, and the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund.
For further information, please call:
Contact for Al Falah Center:
Al Falah Center Board Member
Contact for Al Falah Center’s legal representatives:
Peter L. Zimroth
Arnold & Porter LLP
AlFalah Sunday School is currently registering for all grades for school year 2013/2014.
AlFalah Weekend Islamic School is now enrolling students for the fall. Reserve your child's spot—for instruction in Qur'an, Islamic Studies, and Arabic language, in a positive and nurturing environment. Classes will be held at William Annin Middle School in Basking Ridge, NJ. Registration forms and more information available online!
Property purchased! Alhamdolillah....
With the great mercy and blessings from Allah, and the absolutely tremendous generosity of our community and supporters, we have completed the purchase of the former Redwood Inn property - where God willing, we plan to build AlFalah Islamic Center. We are truly grateful to Allah, and to all of you who have gone above and beyond to help us reach this amazing milestone!
It brought tears to all our eyes to see the children who came to donate the dollar bills from their allowance, the teens who brought all the money they had saved from summer jobs, the many women who gave the jewelry off their hands - one grandmother who donated her own wedding band - and the many individuals and families who gave their all to this effort, in time, money, prayers, and energy.
The legal effort is currently underway to win back our right to build a house of worship like every other faith community here in Bridgewater. Many, many thanks to our devoted legal team who have been working tirelessly "pro bono" - at no charge - for our cause.
Learn More About Islam
The word Islam derives from the root word “salam,” meaning peace, and signifies voluntary “self-surrender” to God. In the Quran, God tells us that He created us in order that we worship Him—through our faith, charity, and good deeds, as well as by seeking God’s pleasure even in the mundane details of our daily life.