Islamic Mosque and Cultural Center, Washington DC

The Islamic Center of Washington is a mosque and Islamic cultural center in Washington, D.C.. It is located on Embassy Row on Massachusetts Avenue just east of the bridge over Rock Creek. When it opened in 1957, it was the largest mosque in the Western Hemisphere.HistoryThe center was conceived in 1944 when the Turkish ambassador Münir Ertegün died without a mosque to host his funeral. In 1948 Egypt appointed Kamil Abdel Rahim as Egyptian Ambassador to the United States of America succeeding Ambassador Mahmoud Hassan. The project of building a Mosque lay dormant during the war years and was not revived until Ambassador Rahim took his duties as ambassador in Washington, D.C. in 1948.The Egyptian ambassador, Kamil Abdul Rahim was appointed president of the mosque foundation and its executive committee. He was instrumental in assembling all of the heads of the accredited emissaries of Muslim countries in the U.S. He made several trips to Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Muslim countries to solicit funds for the building the mosque.Howar (Mohammed Issa Abu Al Hawa, 1879–1982) and other Muslim diplomats helped found and provide early funding to a committee to build a mosque in the U.S. capital. In 1948, Howar, placing a silver dollar on the ground for luck, began work at the site. See articles in the Evening Star and The Washington Post regarding the progress of building the mosque.(Evening Star articles dated: 01-12-1949, 03-02-1952, 04-23-1952, 09-15-1952; Washington Post articles dated: 01-06-1952, 12-09-1952).
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  • Experience of entering a mosque ... Women need to cover their heads (scarves available at the secretariat). Very interesting address on the Embassy Avenue. 5 minutes visit if you are not going to pray...  more »
  • It's fun to see the great mosque in the State not Islamic, but failed if some place more attention as an Islamic teacher and unbecoming in a place cares about detail. On the whole, it was a nice visit.
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  • Amazing place - very peaceful. Architecture is amazing. People are very friendly and helpful. Everyone is very welcoming. Parking for Friday prayers are limited so come early, a lot of street parking available for 2hrs max. Basement has washrooms and wudu area.
  • One of the most beautifulest places I’ve ever seen. Staff is so nice and the place feels with love and peace. The Imam is a great person that sets the tone for the nice environment
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