The Islamic Society of Greater Portland (ISGP) is the oldest official Muslim organization in Oregon. It aims to provide an environment for social engagement and friendship between Muslims. In the early 1970s, the Portland immigrant Muslim community was relatively new to the area. It was small, dispersed, and without a mosque. Muslims tended to socialize primarily within their individual ethnic groups. In 1975, five young Pakistani families with small children began meeting bi-weekly to study the Qur’an and talk about practicing Islam within an American context. They also got together for tennis and shared many meals. Through these gatherings, they sought to deepen their own religious commitments and to instill Islamic values in their American-born children. This was also a way for them to bring the comforts of their cultural traditions to their American homes and children. The adults had grown up Muslim but had not formally studied Islam. For them, coming to the United States necessitated an examination of their identities; many of them felt a strong connection to the Muslim aspect of their identity and wanted a way to incorporate it into their lives beyond the observance of the five pillars of Islam. They also wanted Islam to be a primary component of their children’s identities. In addition to their bi-weekly gatherings, they had Eid dinners together and often broke fast together during Ramadan. They took turns hosting gatherings at one another’s homes, and, as the number of families involved grew, they began holding events in churches and community centers. In the mid-1980s they proposed and adopted the name Islamic Society of Greater Portland (ISGP). In May of 1985 they registered as a non-profit religious organization and obtained 501.C(3) status. In that same year, they began a Sunday Islamic school program for their children as a way of formalizing and manifesting their initial goal. In 1986 they founded the Muslim School of ISGP at Masjed as-Sabr, which at the time was located in a house that was converted into a mosque in Southwest Portland. Two representatives from ISGP and two representatives from Masjed as-Sabr collaboratively managed the school. The books and curriculum they followed were obtained from the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA). The children were divided into three groups: boys five to nine years of age, boys nine years of age and older, and girls. Arabic language and courses on Islam and Qur’an recitation were taught to the children by seven teachers, men, and women, for two and a half hours each week. To this day the Sunday school at Masjed as-Sabr operates under the auspices of ISGP and has thirty or more students and numerous graduates.