Outreach FAQs

The Islamic Society of Vermont welcomes your group to visit our Center. 

Moreover, we strive to provide speakers or representatives for various local events in the State of Vermont.

Outreach Frequently Asked Questions

1.

How many visitors can we bring in our group ?

On a Friday visit, we can accommodate up to 10 people to attend our Friday service. If you are making a special arrangement to bring a public or private school or college group on another day, we have much greater capacity as there are no other people at the Center.
 

2.

What should we wear to the Center ?

You should dress respectfully, as you would when visiting any house of worship. For both men and women, clothing that covers the arms and legs is recommended; for example, long pants or long skirts. If they like, women and girls may bring a scarf to cover their heads when entering the prayer hall.

3.

Are we required to take our shoes off ?

Yes, The prayer hall is carpeted and is a prayer area, so no shoes are worn inside.

4.

What do we do while the congregation prays ?

We will have chairs available for your group on one side of the prayer hall. You may stay seated and do not need to stand up during the service. When the prayers are over, your host will meet you and take you back to the meeting room.
 

5.

Are we allowed to bring cell phones ?

You may bring your cell phone, but please turn it off or to vibrate before entering the Prayer Hall to observe the prayer.

6.

What should we expect during our Friday visit ?

The visit will start by observe a congregational prayer. Please arrive no later than 12:50 PM. Please walk into the building, take your shoes off in the dedicated area . Someone from the office will help you get seated. After the service is done, your host will bring you to a meeting, where you will all sit together and learn a bit about our religion, about the Muslim community in Vermont, and what activities happen at our Center followed by an questions and answers.
 

7.

Are we allowed to take photos ?

You may take photos out in front of the Center, as many visiting groups do. You may also take photos of the prayer hall before people gather for the congregational prayer.

8.

Can we come back another day with more guests ?

Yes just make sure you contact us before coming.

9.

Where should we park? Are buses allowed ?

 Large buses cannot park in our parking lot, but can drop off passengers, and park elsewhere, on a side street.
 

10.

Do men and women pray together ?

No. Men pray down stairs in the large prayer room and women pray upstairs. Stairs leading to the upper floor will be on the left side after you pass the executives office. Other mosques may have different layouts in their prayer spaces, such as a divider down the middle of the room, or a balcony for one gender, or two different rooms.