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Prayer Panel 3

Prayer Panel 3

The canonical prayer, or salat, is performed five times daily: in the early morning, at midday, in the afternoon, at sunset, and in the evening. These prayers can be performed in any clean space oriented toward Mecca, and most prayers are said at home or work, not in mosques. Still, Detroit mosques are usually open [...]

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Prayer Panel 4

Prayer Panel 4

Mosques are sacred spaces, and great care is given to maintaining their ritual purity. Mosques have special washing areas where people can clean themselves before prayer. Shoes must never be worn in the main prayer area. Long racks of shoes are a common sight in the entryways of most mosques. Modesty requires that women do [...]

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Media Panel 1

Media Panel 1

From the earliest days of mosque building in Detroit, Muslims have played an active role in local media. The opening of the Highland Park mosque in 1921 was reported in both The Detroit Free Press and The Detroit News, and these newspapers have continued to cover Islam in Detroit over the decades. Meanwhile, Detroit Muslims [...]

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Media Panel 2

Media Panel 2

Today, Detroit is a center of Muslim print journalism. The Muslim Commentary, The Islamic Times, and The Muslim Observer are currently among the most popular Muslim periodicals in the U.S. Each is produced in Detroit. A new generation of Detroit Muslims is publishing magazines targeted to young, Anglophone, American-oriented audiences, such as The Ripple Effect, [...]

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Architecture Panel 1

Architecture Panel 1

The QIBLA wall and MIHRAB. These features define the orientation for prayer. The qibla wall indicates the direction of Mecca, the holy city of Islam. The mihrab, a prayer niche, is located in the qibla wall and functions as the spiritual center of the mosque, where the imam (the prayer leader) stands to direct the [...]

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Architecture Panel 2

Architecture Panel 2

ADAPTIVE AND INNOVATIVE FEATURES: Diverse innovations have occurred in mosque design over the centuries as Islam has spread into new parts of the world and Muslim architectural tastes have changed. In American contexts, mosques have acquired many new features. These include banquet halls, industrial kitchens, classrooms, entire schools, gymnasiums, large parking lots, libraries, and media [...]

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Aesthetics Panel 1

Aesthetics Panel 1

The Muslim house of prayer is often a beautiful place. It can be striking for its simplicity or for its ornate designs. In some Muslim traditions, the mosque should be plain to help worshipers concentrate on prayer. In others, the mosque should be colorful and filled with decorative motifs that inspire worshipers to praise God. [...]

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Aesthetics Panel 2

Aesthetics Panel 2

SEEING THE SACRED WORD Perhaps the most distinctive aspect of mosque decoration in Detroit is calligraphy. Beautiful writing fills the mosques, and most of it represents passages from the Qur’an or the sayings of the Prophet Muhammad. Calligraphy is visible on almost every surface, and on every material, of the mosque. It appears on fabric, [...]

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Futures Panel 1

Futures Panel 1

Muslims in Detroit are optimistic about the future. Anti-Muslim prejudice is widespread, but most local Muslims believe they are confronting stereotypes effectively, both as individuals and with the help of civil rights watchdog organizations like CAIR (the Council on American-Islamic Relations). While doing research for this project, we have seen that Muslims welcome the scrutiny [...]

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Futures Panel 2

Futures Panel 2

FUTURE TRENDS ECUMENICALISM: Muslims are creating new ties to Christian and Jewish communities. IMMIGRATION: Muslims continue to arrive from overseas; this flow is the impetus for most new mosque construction. GATHERING IN ENCLAVES: old Muslim enclaves in Dearborn are growing, and new ones are taking shape in Hamtramck and Detroit. DISPERSING INTO THE SUBURBS: Muslims [...]

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