Al-Farooq Masjid is centrally located in midtown Atlanta in a neighborhood called Home Park. The Masjid is just north of downtown and the Georgia Institute of Technology, and its central location is convenient to all of metro Atlanta. It is a neighborhood mosque and many families and students live around the Masjid and its adjacent schools. If you need driving directions to the Masjid, you can use our directions. The Masjid is also easily accessible via mass transit on MARTA. Simply take bus #98 from Arts Center MARTA Station, or bus #37 from Midtown MARTA station. It’s a short walk from nearby bus stops. We hope you come by soon, Insha’Allah (God willing)!
Al-Farooq Masjid was established in 1980 as a religious institution devoted to the service of the international Muslim community of greater Atlanta and the southeastern United States of America. At the time it was one of a few mosques in the southeastern United States. Since then, it has also served the community at large by promoting goodwill and understanding about Islam and represents a vibrant community from all walks of life that strives to serve Islam. Today, our main mosque is one of nearly 35 in the metro-Atlanta area.
Al-Farooq Masjid is named after ‘Umar ibn Al-Khattab (may Allah be pleased with him), one of the Righteous Companions of the Prophet Muhammad (may peace and blessings be upon him) and the second Khalifa (Caliph or leader of the Islamic world). ‘Umar was affectionately nick named “Al-Farooq” meaning “one who discriminates between right from wrong” because of his strictness in enjoining what is good and forbidding what is evil. The word “Masjid” means a place where one prostrates before Allah (God, One and Only). Sometimes the words masjid and mosque are used interchangeably, although masjid is more appropriate.
Atlanta is the primary commercial hub of the southeast region of the United States of America. With seven major universities and several colleges, Atlanta has become an international educational center. Thus, Atlanta attracts Muslims from over 50 countries, including Nigeria, Ghana, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Malaysia, etc and Muslims from all across the United States. The current Muslim population of Atlanta, estimated at 75,000, is continuously growing.