New York City has become a hotbed for Muslims, but the city has a much smaller number of mosques than other major US cities.
The New York Islamic Center is one of the few that does.
It has a membership of about 2,000 people.
But the Islamic center has been under fire for years, and now its members say it has been “targeted” by an anti-Muslim conspiracy theory.
“It is a hate crime.
We have had threats and harassment,” said Imam Alaa Al-Naimi, the center’s imam.
“They are trying to divide us, they are trying in a twisted way to create division between us and Muslims, Muslims who live in New York.”
In the wake of a 2015 shooting at a California mosque, the NYPD began investigating the Islamic Center for alleged ties to the Islamic State.
The investigation has focused on two Muslim residents who are accused of allegedly attempting to enter the mosque and then detonate a bomb there.
In April, the FBI raided the center and seized its explosives.
The Muslim Center says it was not involved in the plot.
In a statement to BuzzFeed News, the Muslim Center said it has cooperated with the FBI.
The mosque says it has no plans to stop practicing Islam.
The Islamic Center says the alleged plot was the work of a “militant group of people” who sought to “undermine and divide us from each other.”
Alaa said the mosque will continue to work as normal in the wake, but will continue with a series of events to commemorate the martyrdom of Imam Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic Movement of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL, the group said in a statement.
“This attack on the Islamic Association of New York is an attack on Muslims everywhere and on all faiths,” Alaa added.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.