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Introductory Panel 1

Introductory Panel 1

Building Islam in Detroit is a research project that documents the growth of mosques and Muslim communities in greater Detroit over the last century. Since the project began in May 2004, members of our research team have visited over fifty mosques and Islamic associations, photographing them, recording their histories, and interviewing the people who established [...]

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Introductory Panel 2

Introductory Panel 2

Today, roughly 150,000 Muslims live in greater Detroit, and they worship in over 50 mosques. Most of these mosques are located in renovated banks, warehouses, old school buildings, storefronts, and churches. Others are purpose-built, multimillion dollar facilities that include gymnasiums, social service offices, private schools, and grand banquet halls. Since 1990, the number of mosques [...]

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Foundations Panel 1

This is the first Moslem mosque built in this land and I am proud to have the first prayer in it, as the first imam therein. This mosque, although built for the followers of Islam, will be open to the believers of all religions for a place of rest, prayer and meditation. Mohammedans believe in [...]

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When US immigration laws were liberalized in 1965, Muslims from the Arab world and South Asia came to Detroit in large numbers, prompting local Muslims to reinterpret their beliefs and practices. After the death of Elijah Muhammad in 1975, his son, Warith Deen Muhammad, brought the Nation of Islam into the Sunni mainstream. This move [...]

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Features Panel 1

Features Panel 1

Featured Mosques AL-ISLAH JAME MASJID was founded in 2000 by Bangladeshi immigrants, most of them followers of Allama Abdul Latif Chowdhury (Fultholi). The first Bangladeshi mosque in Hamtramck, the masjid moved to its current home, a renovated medical clinic, in 2001. The group plans to renovate the building next door and establish a madrasa (religious [...]

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Features Panel 2

Features Panel 2

Featured Mosques Although the MUSLIM CENTER OF DETROIT traces its immediate history to the establishment in 1985 of the Muslim American Society by Imam Warith Deen Mohammed, the community’s history extends back to the 1930s, when the Nation of Islam was led by Warith Deen’s father, Elijah Mohammed. The mosque is located on Davison Avenue, [...]

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Social Life Panel 1

Social Life Panel 1

Social World of Mosques Mosques are buildings. They are also communities. In Detroit, where Muslims are a minority population, mosques have become alternative social worlds, where people can make and remake themselves as Muslims in a non-Muslim society. To thrive in this new milieu, Detroit mosques must provide more than prayer space. Large, vibrant mosques [...]

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Social Life Panel 2

Social Life Panel 2

Social World of Mosques CELEBRATION AND COMMEMORATION. The Muslim calendar is filled with days of celebration, fasting, mourning, and pilgrimage. The major Islamic holidays are Eid al-Fitr (Feast of Fastbreaking), which marks the end of Ramadan, and Eid al-Adha (Feast of Sacrifice), which commemorates Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son, Ismael. On these holidays, Detroit’s [...]

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Prayer Panel 1

Prayer Panel 1

In the name of God, the compassionate, the merciful Praise be to God, Lord of the Worlds The compassionate, the merciful Master of the Day of Judgment You alone we worship and you alone we ask for help Guide us on the straight path The path of those who have received your blessing Not those [...]

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Prayer Panel 2

Prayer Panel 2

Before each of the five daily prayers, a mu’adhdhin (“muezzin” or “crier”) calls Muslims to worship. The call is made about fifteen minutes before the prayer begins. Although each caller has his own style, the words of the call remain the same, beginning with four repetitions of allahu akbar (“God is great”). In the Muslim [...]

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