American Islamic Association is an organization of Muslims providing facilities and personnel for regular and special prayers, religious and language education for all age groups, social and religious interaction and outreach programs with other Faith groups and other social / community organizations.
American Islamic Association was incorporated in Frankfort, Illinois in 1979 as a not for-profit religious entity and organized under Internal Revenue Service 501 c–3 code with the intention of imparting religious education to our children. Over time the activities of the organization have expanded into a full service religious organization catering to all ages. These activities encompass regular daily prayers, Friday congregational and other special prayers like Taraweeh and Eid. Weekend school and adult educational classes form an important aspect of the Association’s charter. Future plans include a full time day school and toddler day care for working parents.
The 14 acre scenic property was purchased in 1982. Until late 2005, the weekend school activities were conducted in the renovated farmhouse and old airplane hanger were retrofitted for makeshift congregational prayers and services. The Mosque was completed in September 2005 at a cost of approximately $2,000,000 generously donated by the South Suburban Muslim community.
The present facilities consists of a prayer hall, a community meeting hall and school classrooms. All are housed in a two-story 15,000 square feet building that was completed in October of 2005.
The prayer hall can accommodate about 425 people and is divided into separate areas for men and women. There are separate entrances and separate adjacent areas for shoes and coats for men and women. The community meeting hall can accommodate 350 people for sit-down dinners and about 550 in a theatre or lecture style seating. Attached to the hall is the service kitchen. The facilities are very conducive for weddings; get together's, seminars, lectures and business meetings.
There are six classrooms catering to the Sunday School needs and provides sufficient space for the start of a grade school and a day care center for toddlers
Program and Services:
- Five Daily prayer services
- Friday congregational prayer services
- Twice a year Eid prayers
- Ramadan Taraveeh prayers
- Special religious holiday celebrations
- Weekend children Islamic school
- Food pantry collections
- SWIFT interfaith programs
- Adult Tajweed classes
- Hadith and Quran classes
- Youth programs
AIA is a founding and active member of South West Interfaith Team (SWIFT)
SWIFT provides a foroum for Muslims, Jews & Christians to work togather for Respect, Understanding & Religious Harmony.
- Interfaith Dinners
- Educational "Speakers Forum"
- Family Picnics
- Interfaith Expos
- Community Service
- AIA Affiliations
Helping surrounding communities with:
- Food Drives
- Clothes Drives
- Blood Drives
- Book Drives
- Area Churches
- American Red Cross
- Greater Chicago Food Depository
- Habitat for Humanity
- IMAN & Tinley Park Food Pantries
- For visiting church groups
- For visiting High-school and College students
- Unity Banquets for religious and cultural understanding
Contact us if you would like to:
Get tour of the AIA Mosque (Masjid).
Arrange for a group tour for your Place of Worship or Organization.
Bring your Confirmation Class for a visit.
Attend a "Islam 101" presentation.
Help out with a Community Service Project.
Talk to some-one at the mosque as part of a School Project.