American Moslem Society Dearborn Mosque - Michigan
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N 42° 18.274 W 083° 08.630
17T E 323298 N 4685818
Quick Description: The mosque of the American Moslem Society was established in 1937. It is the oldest mosque in the State of Michigan, and also considered one of the oldest mosques in North America. America.
Location: Michigan, United States
Date Posted: 1/16/2008 3:17:53 PM
Waymark Code: WM2ZQ2
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member saopaulo1
Views: 194

Long Description:
The AMS Webiste includes the history of this mosque as follows: (visit link)
Since the mosque plays a vital role in the lives of Muslims, many Muslims immigrants established residence near and around the mosque area.
As the community’s population continued to grow, so did the mosque. The mosque has evolved from a small house to a building that occupies 48,000 square feet.
Due to the community’s growth in the vicinity of the mosque during the period from 1937 to 1952, once again the need to expand the mosque arose in order to accommodate the mosque’s increasing number of attendees especially during Friday and holiday prayers. In 1952, the AMS along with community members decided to launch the second expansion which doubled the size of the mosque. In that expansion, the green dome of the mosque was placed on its roof. In addition, the two small minarets were added. The size of the mosque increased from few thousand to twelve thousands square feet.

Due to the central and important role the mosque plays in the Muslims’ daily lives, the mosque became a community center for people to perform their religious duties and also to socialize. The number of mosque attendees increased rapidly during the sixties, seventies and early eighties. During this period, there was a court ruling to allow the calling for prayers to be transmitted through outside speakers. It was the first mosque in the United States to be allowed to transmit call prayers through loudspeakers.

After the previous expansions, in 1986, the community again decided to expand the mosque. The size of the building doubled from 12,000 to 24,000 square feet. In 1982, the weekend school was added to the mosque to start providing classes for the growing number of first generation Muslims in the community.

Mosque attendants expectedly continued to grow in spite of opening many local mosques in Dearborn and Detroit. The number of students in the weekend school almost doubled. By the beginning of the 90’s, the building could no longer accommodate the numbers of attendants to the extent that people had to pray in the basement, offices, and even outdoor. Holiday events used to be conducted in the parking lot due to the number of attendants exceeding building capacity. There was a desire to expand the weekend school, add a library, and an activities room to hold the community events.



In 2000, another expansion took place. This expansion took the building from being 24000 to 48000 square feet. The weekend school was also expanded and many facilities were added to the building. The cost for the expansion was $1,800,000. The whole facility, including the parking lot, occupies more than 100,000 square feet.







Type: Current mosque

Address:
9945 W. Vernor Hwy. Dearborn, MI 48120


Website reference (required if no minaret or 2nd photo): [Web Link]

Visit Instructions:

Posting a photo of your visit is strongly encouraged but not required. There is NO requirement that you enter inside the mosque as some mosques may not allow this. Please refrain from taking pictures inside the mosque if it is not permitted by the management and generally have respect for the reliqious nature of the site.
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