Islamic Center of Washington DC, 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, 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).
Using our online itinerary creator, Washington DC attractions like Islamic Center of Washington DC can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
Source
Create an itinerary including Islamic Center of Washington DC
map
Islamic Center of Washington DC Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.0
15 reviews
Google
4.6
TripAdvisor
  • 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 »
Google
  • 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
  • Nice place to contact Allah ج ج

Plan your trip to Washington DC

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Where to stay in Washington DC

Most visitors to Washington, D.C., end up in the East End, the old downtown district containing most of the city's major cultural attractions. For a more authentic Washingtonian experience, consider staying at a smaller hotel just a little north or east of this busy area. Neighborhoods outside downtown offer less expensive accommodations and affordable street parking, as well as opportunities to meet more locals and fewer tourists. Alternatively, try a hotel in Georgetown, packed with high-end shops and Colonial architecture.
Live like a local, find unique places to stay
Millions of travel reviews on TripAdvisor

Plans in Washington DC by other users

12 days in United States BY A USER FROM BAHRAIN May, popular PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 4 days in Washington DC BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM November, culture, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: November, culture, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 13 days in United States BY A USER FROM SPAIN June, popular PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 4 days in Washington DC BY A USER FROM GERMANY May, outdoors, historic sites, museums, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: May, outdoors, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 37 days in United States BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA September, popular PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 33 days in United States BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA June, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 36 days in Africa, Europe, United States & Asia BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA December, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: December, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 2 days in Washington DC BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES December, fast-paced, popular PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Fast-paced 4 days in Washington DC BY A USER FROM UNITED ARAB EMIRATES January, popular PREFERENCES: January ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Washington DC BY A USER FROM INDIA January, popular PREFERENCES: January ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 26 days in United States BY A USER FROM PHILIPPINES April, popular PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 31 days in United States BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA April, culture, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: April, culture, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans