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Islamic Center of Washington DC, Washington DC

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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, DC 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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  • The mosque attracts many taxi drivers who take up neighborhood parking, litter, block driveways, and occasionally urinate in the shrubbery. The mosque itself is beautiful but needs better management t...  more »
  • Beautiful mosque. Hard to find parking especially around prayers times but have to find in the streets nearby. Beautiful from inside, neat and well kept.  more »
  • You can't miss the beautiful minaret rising in the air while driving down Embassy Row on Massachusetts Ave. The Islamic Mosque and Cultural Center in DC is a beautiful house of worship for the Islamic...  more »
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  • great place mashallah with beautiful design ...God bless you sisters and brothers
  • First time visiting. Everyone was so welcoming, friendly, kind and considerate. I met two sisters 8 and 13. They were so sweet. Thier mom allowed them to assist a stranger. with customs. Thank you for my awesome experience! Merry Christmas! God bless!
  • 5 star because its the house of Allah. -0 stars for the bathroom and maintenance! The bathroom always have this nasty smell! The bathrooms are very old, they're not clean, they're upgraded. Who ever built this should've taken care of the mosque's maintenance!!!!! They need a new carpet, and a 2nd door for our sisters. Its really well built though!
  • A very beautiful architecture and loving people
  • Beautiful and inspiring house of worship. You can't miss the beautiful minaret rising in the air while driving down Embassy Row on Massachusetts Ave. The Islamic Mosque and Cultural Center in DC is a beautiful house of worship for the Islamic faithful. My partner and I visited the site to take in the architecture and take a quick peak inside. Everyone we met was very friendly and inviting. In keeping with Islamic standards, the interior is austere and void of any art or statues. Highly recommended for the curious passerby'ers.