The Islamic Society of North America announced Thursday that it is moving its headquarters to the historic city of D.C., becoming the largest mosque in the United States.
The news comes just days after the Islamic Society announced it was planning to open a new building on the National Mall in 2018.
The Islamic Foundation for D. C., the group that owns the historic building, also announced plans to move to the Capital.
The announcement was made Thursday by the Islamic Center of America, which is also building a new mosque on Pennsylvania Avenue.
“This is a historic moment,” said Ibrahim Khatib, the Islamic center’s president and CEO.
“The mosque in Washington is part of a larger movement.
We are the new symbol of a modern nation that is moving in the direction of greater diversity.”
He said the Islamic community in Washington “is an integral part of our larger movement to promote justice and equality for all people and in the fight against extremism.”
The Islamic Center announced its plans to build a mosque on Capitol Hill and also announced the establishment of a new nonprofit called Islamic Services of Greater Washington.
Khatiber said the new mosque will serve “young Muslims and others who have been disproportionately targeted for hate crimes by the terrorist threat.”
The new mosque is located on Pennsylvania Ave., just across the street from the U.S. Capitol.
The mosque has a capacity of about 1,400 people, Khatb said.
“We’re very proud to be able to work with the Islamic Foundation to provide space for our people to live a more peaceful life.”
The group said it will be dedicated to “building the foundations of a more just, prosperous and inclusive Islamic society in the U, D. and F.C.,” adding that its mission is to “create a space for Muslims to thrive and thrive with all people, regardless of religion, color, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, or creed.”
The announcement comes as the Islamic Association of D .
C. has announced plans for a new $10 million mosque on D Street NW.
It is scheduled to open in 2018 and is being funded by the Ummah Foundation, a Saudi Arabian organization.