Our History

The growth of the Muslim community in the seventies and eighties inspired a need for Islamic education. Islamic Education meant teaching a curriculum of high academic standards in addition to Arabic, Qur’an, and Islamic Studies. Our goal then, as it is now, is helping the whole child to develop…


Within an environment that encourages moral values, righteous conduct, and pride in our Islamic identity.

Alhamdullilah, our community answered this need by collaborating together to establish the first Islamic school in the state of New Jersey, AlGhazaly School, in 1984. This important institution is still operating in the same location at 17 Park Street in Jersey City over 30 years later!

As the need to expand became obvious and with numerous Muslim schools began to rise, the three most active Islamic Centers in Northern New Jersey (ICPC, ICJC, and NBIC) agreed to establish the Islamic Education Foundation of New Jersey (IEF), whereby any school established by the three centers would be managed by the IEF. The Islamic Education Foundation came into being in 1995, with the acquisition of Al-Hikmah Elementary in Prospect Park and Al-Ghazaly High in Teaneck, New Jersey.

AlGhazaly School is currently the largest and most established Islamic School in New Jersey. Over the years, AlGhazaly School has secured a reputation of academic and Islamic excellence, thanks to our highly-qualified and dedicated teachers, some of whom have been with us for over 30 years. AlGhazaly is well known for providing quality education, rivaling that of the best parochial schools in our region. Our students test scores exceed the state and national averages and our graduates are accepted into the best universities including Columbia, Harvard, Cornell, Rutgers, NJIT, and, MIT. Many of our alumni are professors, doctors, pharmacists, and engineers. Alhamdullilah, our parents feel that an investment in an IEF education truly secures their children’s academic and financial futures.

We agree and believe that our biggest accomplishment is that we graduate civic-minded, spiritually-guided students who are proud of their identity and equipped to handle the challenges of today’s life without compromising any of their core values.

To learn more about AlGhazaly School, please contact us.