About UsNueces Mosque aims to serve all people by providing spiritual, lifestyle and educational resources in the way of Allah (SWT) and His Messenger Prophet Muhammad (SAW).
Our CommunityNueces Mosque aims to serve all people by providing spiritual, lifestyle and educational resources in the way of Allah (SWT) and His messenger Prophet Muhammad (SAW).
Nueces Mosque is located in the heart of Austin, Texas and serves the diverse population of downtown Austin, including collegiate students from the University of Texas, St. Edwards, Austin Community College and downtown residents. It is often referred to as the Downtown Mosque or the University Mosque.
This mosque was established in March 1977 by the Muslim Students’ Association at the University of Texas. It was the first mosque in Austin and was named the Islamic Center of Greater Austin (ICGA). ICGA started in a 2000 sq. ft. building without any parking spaces. It was expanded in 1982 with the purchase of an adjacent building that was remodeled into a prayer hall. It was here that Peace Elementary School, the first accredited full-time Islamic school in Austin, was established and from where the Austin muslim community grew and flourished.
From 1982 until 1999, the Muslim community was barely able to manage its activities in the initial two buildings. By the mercy of Allah (SWT) and with generous support of the local and outside communities, in November 1999, ICGA moved into a larger and more hospitable facility on Manor Road, which today houses a mosque and a full-time Islamic school.
The facilities on Nueces Street became a separate mosque for use primarily by students and the downtown community. After the establishment of the student Executive Committee in 2007, it was renamed as Nueces Mosque and became part of the ICGA umbrella of organizations. In recent years since the formation of the Executive Committee, Nueces Mosque has gone through major renovations and continues to be improved by the will of Allah (SWT), as well as with the constant support of the community at large. Today, Nueces Mosque is open 7 days a week with classes and frequent spiritual, educational and outreach events for students and the larger community. In 2018, Nueces Mosque established a Board of Directors comprised of professionals to support the larger projects at Nueces and support the student Executive Committee.
P R I N C I P L E S
These are the Nueces Mosque guiding principles and values Nueces Leadership and Community strive to follow and uphold.
• We are continuously guided by the Quran, the authentic Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, and the traditions of Ahl-e-Sunnah-wal-Jama’at in all aspects of our activities and services.
• We strive to serve Allah SWT by realizing the Prophetic model of Masjid as a sacred place of worship and center of community development.
• We identify as Muslims and not as a particular ethnic group, race, color, or tribe. We cherish our diversity and do not practice any exclusionary activities in the center.
• We promote Islamic morals and character in the most pleasing manner, and without any compulsion. Our role is to teach, remind, encourage, and not to compel or judge.
• We strive to help our members and community practice the best of Islamic behavior and help them develop a strong American Muslim identity.
• We enjoy those aspects of our nation’s culture that do not conflict with Islamic values and avoid those which do.
• We are committed to constructively engaging in our country’s religious, civic, economic, social, and other non-political activities for the overall betterment of our nation.
• Our facilities and activities are welcoming to women, minorities, and people of all faiths.
• Men and women are equally encouraged to participate in center activities and equally responsible for their efforts.
• Women should have prayer space in the main Musalla without barriers.
• Women should have private space in the main Musalla for prayers and reflection.
• Women should participate in the central decision-making process.
• We respect and honor our imams and scholars as custodians of Islamic knowledge. We look to them to guide us and empower them to make decisions in matters of Aqeedah and Fiqh.
• The leaders of the center are custodians and servants of the House of Allah SWT and as such welcome and honor anyone who enters it as His guest.
Nueces Mosque is part of the Greater Austin Muslim Relief Committee (GAMRC) and provides financial assistance and support to those in need.