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          Islamic Cultural Center of New York


                            AMIR AL-ISLAM



                    Medger Evers Cillege - CUNY


                           FATHY  HEGAZY


                    Islamic Cultural Institute  

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Address: The Islamic Cultural Center of New York (ICCNY)
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Phone: (212)722-5234
Email: jmc_director@yahoo.com
Directions: Take the Number 6 Train from the east side, get off on 96th Street, walk east towards 3rd Avenue (which is just one block)and the Islamic centre will be the immaculate building on the LHS. The Islamic Center is at the corner of 3rd Avenue and 96th Street. OR you can you can take the number 2 train to 96th street and get off. Go up the stairs and you will be on west 96th street. If you look around you will see a church, you must look high so you can see the cross in the air. Walk toward the church but stay on 96th street. Pass by the church and continue to walk in the same direction, while you're still on 96th street. you will have to go through a large park to reach east 96th street. Once you get through the park stay on 96th street and continue to walk straight. A few blocks down you will see the Mosque on your left side. -Lexington Ave Subway Stop of the 6 train on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.
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Islamic Cultural Center of New York

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Islamic Cultural Center of New York


Basic information
Location New York, N.Y., U.S.
Geographic coordinates Coordinates: 40°47′7″N 73°56′55″W / 40.78528°N 73.94861°W / 40.78528; -73.94861
Religious affiliation Islam
Leadership Imam Mohammed Shamsi Ali
Architectural description
Architect(s) Skidmore, Owings and Merrill
Architectural type Mosque
Architectural style Late Modernism
Direction of facade Mecca
Groundbreaking 1987
Year completed 1991
Construction cost $14 Million
Capacity Main Prayer Hall: 1,000
Dome height (outer) 90 feet (27 meters)
Minaret height 130 feet (40 meters)
Materials Steel, Concrete, Marble, Glass

The Islamic Cultural Center of New York is a mosque and Islamic cultural center in the borough of Manhattan in New York City, United States. It is located at 1711 Third Avenue, between East 96th and 97th Streets. The Islamic Cultural Center was the first mosque built in New York City.[1][2]




Plans for a large Islamic center in New York originally were drawn up in the 1960s. After years of delays—which included raising funds from Muslim countries; a prolonged process of relocating tenants; and the eventual demolition of the buildings on the site—construction of the Islamic Cultural Center began in October 1984.[3] Construction of the associated mosque was begun on May 28, 1987, the day which represented the end of Ramadan.[1] The cornerstone of the minaret was laid on September 26, 1988.[2]

Construction was delayed during the Iraqi Invasion of Kuwait and the First Gulf War.[4] The mosque opened on April 15, 1991, for the feast of Eid ul-Fitr.[5] In the end, more than 46 Muslim countries made contributions toward the $17 million construction cost of the mosque.[6]


Like all mosques, the mosque at the Islamic Cultural Center of New York is oriented toward Mecca.[7] Consequently, the building is rotated 29° from Manhattan's north-south street grid.[8] The precise calculation of the direction from New York to Mecca was based on the great circle that produces the shortest distance between the two cities.[7]


Two imams (spiritual leaders) of the Islamic Cultural Center have made controversial statements.

The first, Sheik Muhammad Gemeaha, said in an interview that "only the Jews" were capable of the September 11 attacks and "if it became known to the American people, they would have done to Jews what Hitler did."[9][10] He also stated that as "Allah described it," Jews "disseminate corruption in the land" and are responsible for the spread of "heresy, homosexuality, alcoholism, and drugs."[11]

The interview took place on October 4, 2001, a week after Gemeaha suddenly resigned as imam at the Islamic Center and returned to his home in Egypt.[12]

In further controversial statements, Gemeaha's replacement, Omar Saleem Abu-Namous, condemned the September 11 attacks, but said there wasn't "conclusive evidence" that Muslims were responsible.[13]


Imam Abu-Namous engaged in a series of interfaith dialogues with prominent Muslim leaders and rabbis.[14] Abu-Namous's successor as imam, Mohammed Shamsi Ali, continued the meetings.[15]

 See also


  1. ^ a b Williams, Winston (May 29, 1987). "Amid Rejoicing, Work Begins on Mosque". The New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/1987/05/29/nyregion/amid-rejoicing-work-begins-on-mosque.html. Retrieved on March 12, 2009. 
  2. ^ a b Lewis, Paul (September 26, 1988). "Mosque Rising Is a First in New York". The New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/1988/09/26/nyregion/mosque-rising-is-a-first-in-new-york.html. Retrieved on March 12, 2009. 
  3. ^ Goodman, George W. (October 28, 1984). "Ground Broken for Islamic Center". The New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/1984/10/28/realestate/ground-broken-for-islamic-center.html. Retrieved on March 12, 2009. 
  4. ^ Goldman, Ari L. (December 9, 1990). "Persian Gulf Crisis Slows New York Mosque Project". The New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/1990/12/09/nyregion/persian-gulf-crisis-slows-new-york-mosque-project.html. Retrieved on March 12, 2009. 
  5. ^ Steinfels, Peter (April 16, 1991). "For New York Muslims, a Soaring Dome Is Ready". The New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/1991/04/16/nyregion/for-new-york-muslims-a-soaring-dome-is-ready.html. Retrieved on March 12, 2009. 
  6. ^ Dunlap, David W. (April 26, 1992). "A New Mosque for Manhattan, for the 21st Century". The New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/1992/04/26/arts/architecture-a-new-mosque-for-manhattan-for-the-21st-century.html. Retrieved on March 12, 2009. 
  7. ^ a b Tyson, Neil deGrasse. "Islamic Cultural Center of New York". Natural History. American Museum of Natural History. http://www.naturalhistorymag.com/city_of_stars/10_islamic_center.html. Retrieved on March 13, 2009. 
  8. ^ Schneider, Daniel B. (October 5, 1997). "The Islamic Angle". The New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/1997/10/05/nyregion/fyi-415286.html. Retrieved on March 13, 2009. 
  9. ^ Rosen, Jonathan (November 4, 2001). "The Uncomfortable question of Anti-Semitism". The New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2001/11/04/magazine/the-uncomfortable-question-of-anti-semitism.html. Retrieved on March 13, 2009. 
  10. ^ Lipsy, Seth (Oct. 24, 2001). "A Fair Sheik?". The Wall Street Journal. http://www.opinionjournal.com/columnists/slipsky/?id=95001366. Retrieved on May 21, 2009. 
  11. ^ "Terror in America". Middle East Media Research Institute. Oct. 21, 2001. http://www.memri.org/bin/articles.cgi?Area=sd&ID=SP28801. Retrieved on May 21, 2009. 
  12. ^ Goodstein, Laurie (October 23, 2001). "New York Cleric's Departure From Mosque Leaves Mystery". The New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2001/10/23/nyregion/nation-challenged-imam-new-york-cleric-s-departure-mosque-leaves-mystery.html. Retrieved on March 13, 2009. 
  13. ^ Wakin, Daniel J. (November 2, 2001). "New Head of Mosque Wants Proof". The New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2001/11/02/nyregion/a-nation-challenged-the-imam-new-head-of-mosque-wants-proof.html. Retrieved on March 13, 2009. 
  14. ^ Perelman, Marc (November 16, 2007). "With Certain Topics Kept off Table, Rabbis and Imams Find Common Ground". The Forward. http://www.forward.com/articles/12027/. Retrieved on March 13, 2009. 
  15. ^ Ruby, Walter (April 2, 2008). "Imam Seeks 'Real Connections'". The Jewish Week. http://www.thejewishweek.com/viewArticle/c36_a7200/News/New_York.html. Retrieved on March 13, 2009. 

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