Islamic Community Center of Atlanta
The Islamic Community Center of Atlanta began operations in November 2001. The property and building used by the masjid was donated by Dr. and Dr. Faiyaz to give the Muslim community in Fayetteville a designated place for worship. The building has a spacious interior that is used both for prayers and as a community center for classes and social occasions. Original renovations to the building to convert it to a masjid included a mihrab (a niche constructed inside the wall) to orient the congregation to Mecca. An astronomer recommended by Al-Farooq Masjid of Atlanta calculated the exact latitude and longitude of the center and sent an astronomical chart to to use in conjunction with a vertical column in order to establish proper orientation to Mecca. Other renovations included a wall constructed to contain the Qibla, and several screen partitions installed to separate the prayer areas for the men and the women. Also, a prayer rug was installed in the center of the building. The prayer rug is red and marked with small boxes that run parallel to the mihrab. By standing in the boxes with their heels to the back line, worshippers organize themselves into straight lines and stand shoulder to shoulder. Men and women worship in separate sections of the prayer area. The men line up at the front of the worship space, while the women line up at the back of the rug behind the screen partitions. Finally, members modified the existing bathrooms to accommodate required ritual ablution (washing the hands, face, mouth, and feet before prayer). The space includes an area to bathe the feet and marble stools for comfortable seating.