Sun, Dec 03|
Masjid Muhammad - The Nation's Mosque
Site Visit to Masjid Muhammad (in person gathering)
Explore the sacred space and architecture of this historic and iconic Islamic Mosque in Washington DC. Come learn about this community's faith, history, and join in the dialogue, and a delicious dinner. Come and meet your neighbors!
Time & Location
Dec 03, 2023, 3:00 PM – 5:30 PM EST
Masjid Muhammad - The Nation's Mosque, 1519 4th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
About the Event
Dating back to the mid 1930s, Masjid Muhammad, The Nation’s Mosque is representative of the oldest established Muslim community in the Nation’s Capital and America. It’s rooted in and was produced by the African-American struggle in America to see their humanity free. It was established as the first community Mosque to be built from the ground up, by American citizens, in the Nation's Capital, and it is still currently the only Mosque in Washington, DC built by its citizens and local residents. Located just off of New Jersey Ave. NW on 4th Street (ceremonially designated "Islamic Way" by the city), Masjid Muhammad has long been a pillar in the neighborhood, the city of Washington, nationally, and internationally, as well as a leader in an association of numerous Masjids and Islamic Centers nation-wide. Its founder, key leaders and associates include the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, Al-Hajj Malik Al-Shabazz (aka Malcolm X), World Boxing Champ Muhammad Ali, the great mathematician Dr. Abdul Alim (Lonnie) Shabazz and many more. Under its late leader Imam W. Deen Mohammed (raa), also called by media and others as, “America’s Imam,” the national community transitioned to broader circles of oneness and humanity, upon the universal teachings of Al-Islam, the Holy Qur’an and the life example of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)of over 1400 years ago. In the mid-1970s, Masjid Muhammad led interfaith relations and it continues to be a significant faith community partner and global bridge builder today.
This visit on December 3rd, will be an interfaith visit with representatives from at least 6 different religions present to explore the sacred space and community history with those at the Masjid Muhammad. This visit is run by Sharing Sacred Spaces, and is part of the Interreligious Communities Project taking place in Northern Virginia. There will be 7 visits to different sacred spaces as part of this program over the course of 2023-2024. There will be 7 "experiences" in fact; not just visits. We go deep into the architectural design of each space which opens up new avenues for connecting the material and the spiritual. Members of each congregation will also share about thier worldview, spiritual journeys, and history. We then share a meal and dialogue. Join us for one visit or all of them! Everyone is welcome. Click here to learn more and to see the etiquette for each sacred space.