3 Ekim 2011 Pazartesi

Amerika İslam Merkezi (Islamic Center of America), Dearborn, Michigan, USA

Islamic Center of America, Dearborn, Michigan, USA
The Islamic Center of America is a mosque in Dearborn, Michigan, opened in 2005, that claims to be the largest in North America.
It caters to mainly the Shi’a Muslim congregation; however, all Muslims may attend the mosque.
The Islamic Center of America traces its origin to the 1940s, when Muslim immigrants from Lebanon and Syria began to settle in Detroit and brought young author and scholar, Imam Mohammed Jawad Chirri, from Lebanon as a religious leader in 1949.

Chirri became the leader of the then-new Islamic Center Foundation Society in 1954, and this group decided they needed a new religious center.
Chirri raised fund for the center in Egypt in 1959, and the Society purchased land from the Ford Motor Company.
By 1963, the Islamic Center of America opened its doors for the first time.
By 1967, the Center had already outgrown this space.
Additional classrooms, an enlarged social hall, and a minaret were added to serve the growing membership.
The 92,000-square-foot, $14 million building was completed on 12 May 2005.
From the road, the face shows golden domes, Moorish arches, a stone exterior of desert tones, deep-green decorative tiles and two 110-foot-tall minarets topped with crescent moons.
Amerika İslam Merkezi (Islamic Center of America), Dearborn, Michigan, USA
Chirri died in 1994, and his successor is the current Imam Sayed Hassan Al-Qazwini. Al-Qazwini founded the Young Muslim Association (YMA) in 1998, and affiliated this youth organization with the Islamic Center in Dearborn.
This organization,one of the largest Muslim youth organizations in North America, is aimed at creating an environment in which Muslim youth can actively promote Islam and effectively channel their efforts.
Al-Qazwini has also authored the book, “American Crescent,” where he pleads with Muslim Americans to integrate into American life while simultaneously deepening their identification as Muslims.



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