List of mosques in the United States

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This is a list of notable mosques in the United States.

History of mosques in the United States[edit]

A mosque, also called masjid in Arabic, is defined as any place that Muslims pray facing Mecca, not necessarily a building. By that meaning, there were mosques in the United States by 1731 or earlier. Job ben Solomon (1701–1773), an African-American Muslim kidnapped into slavery, was documented by his slave narrative memoir to have prayed in the forest of Kent Island, Maryland, where he was brought during 1731–33.[1]

Some sources assert that what is likely the first American mosque building was a mosque in Biddeford, Maine that was founded in 1915 by Albanian Muslims. A Muslim cemetery still existed there in 1996.[2][3]

However, the first purpose-built mosque building was most likely the Highland Park Mosque in Detroit, Michigan, opened in 1921. The mosque was located near the famous Highland Park Ford Plant, which employed "hundreds of Arab American men". This mosque, which included Sunni, Shia and Ahmadi Muslims, was funded by Muhammad Karoub, a real estate developer.[1][4]

The earliest mosque of the Ahmadiyya Muslims Community is the Al-Sadiq Mosque, a two story building purchased by Mufti Muhammad Sadiq in 1922 in the Bronzeville neighborhood of Chicago, the original building was torn down and a purpose built mosque was constructed at the site in 1990s. However, the first "purpose-built" mosque, the Mother Mosque of America, was built in 1934 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.[5]

In 1994, the Islamic Center of Yuba City, in California, was destroyed by fire set in a hate-crime, the first mosque destroyed by a hate crime in U.S. history. It had just been completed at the cost of $1.8 million plus sweat equity of the Muslims of its rural community, including descendants of Pakistani who immigrated to the area c. 1902. Its story, including its rebuilding, is told in David Washburn's 2012 documentary An American Mosque.[6]

It has been estimated that there were somewhat more than 100 mosques in the U.S. in 1970, but immigration of more than a million Muslims since then led to hundreds more being built.[1] By 2000, there were 1,209 U.S. mosques, which rose to 2,106 in 2010, an increase of 74%.[7]

A 2011 study, The American Mosque 2011, sponsored by the Hartford Institute for Religion Research, the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies, as well as the nation's largest Islamic civic and religious groups, including the Islamic Society of North America and the Council on American-Islamic Relations, found that the U.S. states with the most mosques were New York with 257, California with 246, and Texas with 166.[7]

Through 2014, a building boom for mosques has been going on.[8]

Notable individual mosques[edit]

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S  : Sunni Islam
SH  : Shia Islam

AMJ : Ahmadiyya

U  : Unknown Group

Name Photo Location State Year Group Notes
Islamic Community Center of Anchorage Alaska
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Anchorage Alaska 2010 S Broke ground October 2010 in construction of Alaska's first masjid, school, and center.[9]
Islamic Community Center of Phoenix
Phoenix, AZ, New Islamic Community Center of Phoenix Masjid, 2012 - Ibis Blas Photographer - panoramio.jpg
Phoenix Arizona 1982 S
Mosque Tucson
Tucson mosque2.JPG
Tucson Arizona ? AMJ Also known as the 'Yousaf Mosque'
Islamic Center of Tucson
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Tucson Arizona 1991 U
Baitul Hameed
Chino California 1989 AMJ The Baitul Hameed Mosque (English: House of the Praiseworthy) is the largest Ahmadiyya Muslim mosque in the Western part of the United States with an area of 19,000 square feet (1,800 m2).
King Fahad Mosque
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Culver City California 1998 S
Islamic Center of Orange County
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Garden Grove California 1976 S Asserted to be one of the largest Muslim centers in the Western Hemisphere, with almost 7,000 worshipers.
Islamic Center of Irvine
Islamic Center of Irvine.jpg
Irvine California 2004 S
Islamic Center of Southern California
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Los Angeles California 1952 U Very large.
Sacramento Islamic Mosque Sacramento California Asserted to be the oldest mosque in the United States west of the Mississippi River.
Masjid Annur Islamic Center Sacramento California 1994 S
Masjid Ar-Ribat al-Islami San Diego California S
Islamic Center of Yuba City Yuba City California Completed in 1994 at cost of $1.8 million and thousands of hours of sweat equity, including community members descended from Pakistani who immigrated to the area in c. 1902. It was then burnt by arson, in the first hate-crime destroying a mosque in the United States. The case received little attention at the time, but is subject of 2015 documentary An American Mosque produced by David Washburn.[6]
Islamic Center of Greater Hartford Hartford and Berlin Connecticut Its president, Dr. M. Reza Mansoor is a Hartford Hospital cardiologist and "a long-time Trustee of the Hartford Seminary, the country's oldest center for the study of Islam and Christian-Muslim relations".[10][11] Berlin, CT, new mosque is also part of IAGH.[12] Mansoor was also founding president of the Muslim Coalition of Connecticut.[13][14][15]
Masjid An-Noor, Bridgeport, a.k.a. Bridgeport Islamic Society-Masjid An-Noor Bridgeport Connecticut Its building purchased in 1991 was formerly a bank.[16]

As the largest mosque in Bridgeport area, it was subject of questions in 2010 regarding any possible association of Faisal Shahzad, the May 1, 2010 Times Square bomber who lived in Bridgeport). Demonstrators from as far away as Texas confronted the mosque in protests in August 2010.[17][18][19][20][21][22][23]

Bridgeport Islamic Community Center Bridgeport Connecticut
Islamic Center of Connecticut Windsor Connecticut
Assalam Center
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Boca Raton Florida
Atlanta Masjid of Al-Islam Atlanta Georgia Atlanta Masjid of Al-Islam, located in the historic East Atlanta Community, is the largest and oldest Islamic community in Metro Atlanta. Established when Elijah Muhammad purchased a property on Bankhead Hwy, moved later.
Al-Farooq Masjid
Al-Farooq Masjid Mosque Atlanta, Georgia.jpg
Atlanta Georgia 1980 The Al-Farooq Masjid was established in 1980 as The Atlanta Mosque, a nonprofit, non-political, religious organization. Later due to a name conflict with another organization, its name was changed to Al-Farooq Masjid of Atlanta
Masjid Al-Muminun Atlanta Georgia Masjid Al-Mu’minun is one of the most recognized religious buildings in the city of Atlanta, and a vast number of people from different cultures and backgrounds visit the Masjid on a daily basis. Al-Mu’minun is nationally known for advocacy of Muslims and Islamic Issues. The Masjid congregation and staff have been the subject of numerous religious programs and news features in recent years
Islamic Community Center of Augusta Islamic-society-of-augusta.jpg Augusta Georgia 2012 S
Masjid Al-Quba Buford Georgia 2010 S Established first Masjid in vicinity of Mall of Georgia area
Honolulu Mosque Honolulu, Oahu Hawaii Muslim Association of Hawaii
Mosque Foundation
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Bridgeview Illinois 1980 Mosque Foundation webpage
Mosque Maryam
Muslim Temple No. 2
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Chicago Illinois 1972 NoI Originally a Greek Orthodox church, purchased in 1972 by the Nation of Islam. Headquarters of the Nation of Islam and of Louis Farrakhan.
Baitul Jamay
Baitul Jaamay, Chicago.jpg
Chicago Illinois
Al-Sadiq Mosque
Al-Sadiq mosque.jpg
Bronzeville neighborhood, Chicago Illinois 1922 Asserted to be the oldest standing mosque in the U.S.
Islamic Foundation
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Villa Park Illinois 1974 Islamic Foundation webpage
Islamic Foundation North
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Waukegan Illinois 2004 IFNoOnline website
Masjid DarusSalam
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Lombard Illinois 2013 DarusSalam Foundation webpage
Muslim Community Center Chicago Illinois 1969 MCCChicago webpage
Muslim Association of Greater Rockford
Rockford Illinois 1984 MAGR website
Masjid Noor ul-Islam, Burmese Muslim Education and Community Center
Noor ul-Islam.jpg
Fort Wayne Indiana 2015 The first Masjid built by the Burmese Muslim community outside their nation.[24] BMECC website
Mother Mosque of America
Mother Mosque of America Cedar Rapids IA pic2.JPG
Cedar Rapids Iowa 1934 U
Darul Arqum Islamic Centre
Darul Arqum Islamic Centre
Ames Iowa U Darul Arqum Islamic Centre website
Masjid Omar Bin Khattab
Harvey LA Mch2014 Mosque 1.jpg
Harvey Louisiana
Baitur Rahman
Baitur Rehman, Washington.jpg
Silver Spring Maryland 1994 AMJ
Baitus Samad
Baitus Samad
Baltimore Maryland 2017 AMJ
Diyanet Center of America
DCA mosque at dusk
Lanham Maryland 1993 S Mosque complex built with support of Turkish government.
Imam Mahdi Islamic Education Center of Baltimore Parkville Maryland 2003
Islamic Society of Western Maryland Hagerstown Maryland 1994
Islamic Society of Baltimore Catonsville Maryland 1969 Visited by former US president Barack Obama in 2016.
Allston Congregational Church
Allston Congregational Church Boston MA 01.jpg
Boston Massachusetts A mosque meets in former Congregational church.
Islamic Center of Boston (ICB Wayland) Wayland Massachusetts 1979
Islamic Society of Boston
Islamic Society of Boston.jpg
Cambridge Massachusetts 1981
Islamic Society of Greater Lowell Chelmsford Massachusetts 1993
Quincy Mosque Quincy Massachusetts 1963
Sharon Mosque Sharon Massachusetts 1993 Was established by Lebanese American immigrants.
Worcester Mosque Worcester Massachusetts 2005
Islamic Center of America
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Dearborn Michigan 2005 U
Dearborn Mosque Dearborn Michigan 1937 U
Muslim Temple No. 1 Detroit Michigan 1931 NoI First mosque of the Nation of Islam.
Al-Islah Mosque Hamtramck Michigan 2000 Following the Sunni tradition. It was founded by immigrants from Bangladesh.
Islamic Center and Mosque of Grand Rapids Grand Rapids Michigan 1986
Islamic Center of Mississippi-Starkville Starkville Mississippi
Daar-Ul-Islam Ballwin Missouri One of two mosques of the Islamic Foundation of Greater St. Louis
Islamic Center of Central Missouri
Islamic Center of Central Missouri at night.jpg
Columbia Missouri 1983 First ever Islamic Center in Missouri.
St. Louis Islamic Center St. Louis Missouri 2010 a Bosnian mosque
Masjid As-Sabur (As-Sabur Mosque) Las Vegas Nevada
Islamic Association of Long Island Selden New York 1974 Also known as the Selden Masjid
Islamic Society of Central New York
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Syracuse New York 1981 Sunni mosque and community center
Masjid Al-Mamoor Jamaica New York Also known as the Jamaica Muslim Center, includes a Mosque, a school, a place for religious gathering, and eating facilities, and is one of the largest multi-purpose Muslim establishments in the U.S. Located in a Bangladeshi-American neighborhood.
Masjid Hamza Valley Stream New York
Mid-Hudson Islamic Association Wappingers Falls New York 1990 Also known as Masjid Al-Noor (Arabicمسجد النور)
Mosque No. 7
Malcolm Shabazz Mosque.jpg
New York City New York 1946 Where Malcolm X preached in a storefront until he split from Elijah Muhammad and left the Nation of Islam in 1964. Destroyed in a bombing in 1965, after Malcolm X's assassination. Rebuilt later as a proper mosque and known as Malcolm Shabazz Mosque or Masjid Malcolm Shabazz.
Mosque of Islamic Brotherhood New York City New York Successor to the Sunni Muslim mosque that was named Muslim Mosque, Inc., which was started by Malcolm X after Malcolm X split from Elijah Muhammad in 1964
Hazrati Abu Bakr Siddique
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New York City New York
Masjid al-Ikhlas
Masjid al-Ikhlas, Newburgh, NY.jpg
Newburgh New York 1992
Islamic Cultural Center of New York
Islamic Cultural Center E96 jeh.JPG
New York City New York 1991 Also known as "96th Street Mosque"
Park51 New York City New York 2011 (temporary facility) Proposed mosque, also known as the "Ground Zero mosque", a plan that became subject of controversy in 2010. Currently a museum, not a mosque, is planned. But in September 2011, a temporary 4,000-square-foot (370 m2) Islamic center opened in renovated space at the site.[25]
Beit El-Maqdis Islamic Center
Beit El-Maqdis Islamic Center 6Av 63 jeh.JPG
New York City New York
Noor Islamic Cultural Center
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Columbus Ohio 2006 U
Islamic Society of Greater Dayton Josie Street, Dayton Ohio 1985 Sunni
Islamic Society of Greater Toledo
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Toledo Ohio
Islamic Association of Cincinnati Cincinnati Ohio 1970 Community members donated their funds and skills to design and build a new facility... The new mosque officially opened in 2003
Islamic Society of Tulsa Tulsa Oklahoma ? ? [26]
Portland Rizwan Mosque Portland Oregon ? AMJ [27]

Posted: 07/19/2010 9:03 pm EDT

Islamic Center of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Pennsylvania 1989 Largest mosque in Pittsburgh, with 600–750 attendees at Friday prayers[28]
Mosque of Shaikh M. R. Bawa Muhaiyaddeen
Philadelphia Pennsylvania 1984
Al-Islam Mosque
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North Smithfield Rhode Island
Islamic Center of Murfreesboro
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Murfreesboro Tennessee 2012
East Plano Islamic Center (EPIC Masjid)
Plano Texas 2015
Islamic Association of North Texas
Richardson, Texas Texas 1969
Islamic Center of Greater Austin Austin Texas 1977
Islamic Center of Irving
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Irving Texas 1991 Shaikh alhavith Al sagheer Ala eddin
Baitus Samee Mosque (Houston)
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Houston Texas 2002 AMJ Visited by Mirza Masroor Ahmad in 2018.[29]
Al-Noor Houston Texas
Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center (Arabic: مركز دار الهجرة الاسلامي, English: Land of Migration)
Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center 2010-02-08.JPG
Seven Corners area of unincorporated Fairfax County, Virginia Virginia 1991
Islamic Center of Washington
Islamic Center of Washington.jpg
Washington, D.C. 1957 U
Fazl Mosque, also called the American Fazl Mosque
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Washington, D.C. Washington, D.C. 1950 Established by the Ahmadis in 1950. Served as the American headquarters of the Ahmaddiya movement in the United States until 1994
Islamic Society of Northern Wisconsin
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Altoona Wisconsin
Toledo Masjid of Al-Islam
Toledo Ohio 1953 Building built by the Syrian Lebanese immigrants in 1953. First Masjid (Mosque) built from the ground up in the State of Ohio and City of Toledo. Formerly the Islamic Center of Greater Toledo. Purchased in 2010 by Toledo Masjid of Al-Islam under the leadership of Imam Ibrahim S. Abdul-Rahim. Masjid Al-Islam is the name of many Masajid established by followers of Imam W.D. Mohammed of the Mosque Cares Ministry. Once called The American Muslim Mission.
Masjid Al-Jamia of Philadelphia
Masjid Al-Jamia Building.jpg
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Pennsylvania 1988 S Founded in 1988, originally by Muslim students from the University of Pennsylvania; now independent; located in the building of the former Commodore Theatre, a cinema built in the Moorish (Spanish colonial) architectural style in 1928
Islamic Society of Denton Denton, Texas Texas 1981 Sunni The Islamic Society of Denton (ISD) is a non-profit religious organization founded to serve the Greater Denton area community. The Masjid (Mosque) was built, primarily, by residents and students attending both the University of North Texas and Texas Woman’s University. ISD opened in August of 1981 making it the first Masjid built in the State of Texas.
First Albanian Bektashi Tekke in America Taylor, Michigan Michigan 1954 Shia (Bektashi Sufi)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Curtis, Edward E. IV (August 29, 2010). "Five myths about mosques in America". Washington Post.
  2. ^ Queen, Edward L.; Stephen Prothero; Gardiner H. Shattuck Jr. (1996). The Encyclopedia of American Religious History. New York: Facts on File.
  3. ^ Ghazali, Abdul Sattar (August 4, 2001). "The Mosques in America: A National Portrait by CAIR: The number of mosque attendants increasing rapidly in America". American Muslim Perspective. Archived from the original on September 28, 2007.
  4. ^ The mosque was sold to the city of Highland Park in 1926, who then sold it to a fraternal organization."Highland Park Muslim Mosque". Archived from the original on March 16, 2019. Retrieved January 23, 2019.
  5. ^ "8 Oldest Mosques in the United States".
  6. ^ a b "An American Mosque".
  7. ^ a b "Islamic places of worship in U.S. up 74% since 2000". USA Today. February 29, 2012. Retrieved August 3, 2014.
  8. ^ Audi, Tamara (August 14, 2014). "A New Mosque Rises—in Alaska: Construction Is Part of a Building Boom Nationwide as Muslim Population Rises". Wall Street Journal.
  9. ^ Masjid Building Flyer Archived February 1, 2015, at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ this recent Fairfield Daily Voice article re speaker event
  11. ^ Fairfield Citizen article
  12. ^ Search hits in Fairfield Citizen
  13. ^ Hartford Courant article on panel event including Mansoor
  14. ^ WTNH article quoting Mansoor in July 2015.
  15. ^ February 2015 Hartford Courant article citing Mansoor
  16. ^ listing
  17. ^ dnainfo Archived 2017-09-06 at the Wayback Machine
  18. ^ NY Post
  19. ^ this Fairfield Citizen article
  20. ^ CT Post article
  21. ^ Aug 12 CT Post
  22. ^ "Texas Demonstrators Plan to Gather at Mosques Through Ramadan" NBC CT article
  23. ^ New Haven Register Aug 9
  24. ^ Wagner, Sara (May 24, 2015). "Fort Wayne mosque makes history around the world".
  25. ^ Swanson, Abbie Fentress (September 21, 2011). "Park 51 Opens Renovated Space with Photo Exhibit of NYC Immigrant Children". WNYC Culture. Archived from the original on September 24, 2011. Retrieved October 3, 2011.
  26. ^ Polansky, Chris (September 29, 2021). "Oklahoma Welcomes Hundreds Of Afghan Refugees — Despite The State GOP's Objections". National Public Radio.
  27. ^ Haught, Nancy (July 19, 2010). "Ahmadi Sect Struggles For Recognition, Respect From Other Muslims". Religion News Service / Huffington Post.
  28. ^ Iati, Marisa (September 25, 2014). "Muslims in Islamic Center of Pittsburgh demonstrate little-known facets of their faith". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved November 3, 2018.
  29. ^ Deam, Jenny (October 21, 2018). "Muslims gather in Houston for historic arrival of spiritual leader". Houston Chronicle.

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