We are glad that you have decided to visit our mosque which is a place of worship for all Muslims. We welcome all who would like to visit and observe the daily prayers and participate in the daily activities at the Islamic Society of Delaware.
Etiquettes for Visiting a Mosque
Etiquette for visiting a mosque is mostly just common sense. Follow these simple rules of etiquette when visiting mosques to ensure that you do not cause offense.
Remove your hat and shoes: Hats and sunglasses should always be removed before you actually enter a mosque. Leave your shoes on the rack at the entrance. Some mosques will provide plastic covers for your feet.
Be respectful: Avoid making loud noises or engaging in unnecessary conversation inside of mosques. Turn off mobile phones, don't chew gum, and do not bring food or drinks inside of a mosque.
Dress appropriately: Modest dress is required. Men and women should both cover as much skin as possible; women are required to cover their heads.
Entering a Mosque: Sometimes men and women use separate entrances to enter a mosque - look for signs or ask somone.
Prayer Times: ISD conducts the five daily prayers in congregation each day. The position of the sun determines the times and the prayer times also differ between regions and seasons. If visiting during prayer times, visitors are welcome to join the prayers or sit quietly to observe.
Visiting During Ramadan: ISD is open to the public for a visit during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. Visitors should be sensitive about smoking, eating, or drinking in the proximity of mosque during the fasting month. It is best to visit the center before sundown during Ramadan to prevent disturbing locals enjoying their potluck-style iftar (breaking of the fast) dinner sometimes hosted inside the mosque.
Photography or Video Recording: Photography, video and audio recording are permisible with prior authorization from ISD.