Muslims living and working in the western Johnson County, Kansas have been meeting at the Lenexa Community Center since 2001 to offer Juma'h prayers. During Ramadan many performed Taraweeh prayers at various mosques in the metro area, all of which are distant, making it very inconvenient to join Taraweeh on a regular basis. To alleviate the difficulty and encourage more families residing in western Johnson County to participate, the group organized the first Taraweeh prayer at a convenient location nearby in the year August, 2009.

Since then the group has been meeting regularly to discuss a permanent solution to fulfill the needs of Muslims residing in western Johnson County for daily and Friday prayers, Islamic education, and related activities. Thus was established the Shawnee Mission Islamic Education Center (SMIEC), a non-profit religious organization that was incorporated in the State of Kansas in February, 2010; and received the IRS non-profit religious organization status in May, 2011.


SMIEC will serve as a central resource for meeting the religious and educational needs of Muslims residing in the western Johnson County, Kansas and neighboring communities.

OUR Mission

  • SMIEC will ensure that its members are able to offer their daily and Friday prayers at a facility located at convenient distance from their residence/work place.
  • Help area youth and adults prepare for successful career by providing:
  • English language instructions (ESL)
  • Counseling to high school students to prepare them for college
  • Guidance in competing for educational scholarships
  • Tutoring in English, Science, and Math. to improve their chances for attending higher education institutions