Islamic Center of America
Background: The Islamic Center of America traces its history back to the 1950s, when a dedicated group of young Lebanese Americans sought out the leadership of Imam Mohamad Jawad Chirri and worked with him to establish Michigan’s first Shi’a mosque. The Center dedicated their first house of worship on Joy Road in Detroit in 1963. The community has thrived and grown over the years, and this prosperity is reflected in the new mosque they are building on Ford Road in Dearborn. They also opened a K-6 school, the Muslim American Youth Academy, on Ford Road in 1997
Description: The Center’s new mosque, at 120,000 sq. ft., is grand in comparison to its current facility (17,000 sq.ft.), but they have in common an emphasis on large spaces set aside for religious and social events. The new mosque includes a large meeting hall that can be divided into several smaller rooms, an industrial kitchen, a spacious mosque/prayer room with a large dome and a generously proportioned balcony/mezzanine for women, offices, meeting rooms, a library, and a space set aside to document and narrate the community’s history in America. Led by Imam Hassan Qazwini, the mosque offers a wide range of religious, educational, and public programs. With a congregation of somewhere near 3,000, the Islamic Center is a vibrant community with ambitious plans for the future. They hope to dedicate their new facility in Spring 2005. A calendar of events, lectures by Imam Qazwini, prayer times, photographs of their on-going construction are all available at http://www.icofa.com.