Center Profile

Masjid Ali Shah Center (2003)

(Islam)


Description

Activities and Schedule

Jumu'ah Prayer: Friday 1 P.M.
Taleem Service: Sunday 1 P.M.
Islamic Studies: Sunday 12 P.M.
Beginning Arab: Wednesday 6:30 P.M.
The mosque was founded by Ali Shah. The center was once a doctor's office, and the Muslims built a small room on the back of the office for them to have a service. Years later, the doctor's office relocated and the Muslims opened up a school and worship center in the building. The Muslims did not have any problems with local residents or businesses in the community. They respected the Muslims and felt that their presence would uplift the community and make it stronger.

Demographics

All age groups worship at the center. There are more men than women. Arabic and English are spoken at the mosque. The ethnic population is mostly African-American, but occasionally some Arabs show up for service. There are Arabic language classes taught on certain days every week.

Description

There are three rooms in the building. On one side of the building there is a room for woman to place their shoes, and on the other side a room for men to put their shoes. The two rooms for the men and women on the opposite sides lead to a larger main room where services take place. The center was first a doctor's office, then a doctor's office and a mosque. Later it was a mosque and school, but the school closed down six years ago due to lack of funding.

Research by:

Ashante' Thompson 1/2002

Religious Leader and Title
Abdul Pasha, John Rammadan (Imams)

Membership
About 50 members

Ethnic Composition
African American and some Arabs

Affiliation with Other Communities/Organizations
There is a church of Daddy Grace [United House of Prayer for All People] up the street. The mosque participates with the church fundraisers. When the church has food and clothing drives, the mosque supplies food and clothes.