I’m sure you’ve heard the stories about the Washington, DC mosque’s grandeur.
In a city that’s been home to the largest mosque in the world, you might assume that there’s only one.
The truth is there are a lot of them.
According to an April 2017 survey by the National Urban League, the city’s largest mosque is the largest in the country.
As a matter of fact, it’s probably the largest that exists.
I know it because I was there.
So why don’t we talk about that mosque and what it means to the city?
There are two mosques in DC: the Washington National Islamic Center and the Washington Metropolitan Center for Muslim-Christian Dialogue.
You can also call them the Washington Mosque and the Maryland Mosque.
The DC Mosque is a landmark.
It was built in 1957 and has a grand exterior.
The dome is the tallest in the nation.
Its facade has been stained by the Islamic tradition of the Quran, and the interior is decorated with images of Prophet Muhammad.
For more than 50 years, the mosque has hosted the Muslim Association of Washington.
The association represents the more than 6,000 Muslim and Muslim-American citizens who live in the District of Columbia.
It is the nation’s largest Muslim organization.
After 9/11, its mission was to provide “religious services to people who are not religious,” said Khalid Al-Habib, president of the Washington Muslim Association.
We were always a little skeptical of the mosque, but we found it was a good place to start, he added.
This mosque is open to the public, and they’re open to us.
It’s a Muslim congregation.
They have a small library with a Quranic translation.
The library is open during the day and closed at night.
“We have an imam who’s from Iraq, and he teaches Arabic,” said Mohamed Ali, a former imam and now a Muslim in Washington.
My wife and I are Muslim, and we’re both Americans.
There is a huge gap between us, he said.
I don’t think anyone can take us seriously.
When I first got to the mosque with my wife, I was shocked.
It was the biggest mosque in D.
Cs. and I thought, What’s wrong with us?
It was so big.
That mosque is also home to a children’s center, a library, a women’s center and a gymnasium.
Our kids are really happy here.
They love it.
But the mosque is not where I grew up.
I grew it here, Ali said.
What is your favorite part of the DC mosque?
My favorite part is the interior.
We have a beautiful mosque.
It has a great interior.
Why is the DC Mosque so popular?
Because it’s such a great mosque.
Its an amazing place to come to relax, he continued.
How many Muslims do you know?
I have more than 200 Muslim friends.
It gets so crowded that we had to shut it down, he explained.
Do you feel at home in Washington?
We are part of a city where we can be who we are, he emphasized.
Everywhere we go, I feel comfortable.
I feel at peace.
I’m here, I’m Muslim, I am American.
Where do you live?
I live in Georgetown.
And I like the fact that I’m in a beautiful city.
Have you been to a DC mosque in person?
I have been to the Washington mosque.
But the interior of the building is so beautiful.
Can I go to a mosque outside of Washington?
I am not a Muslim.
Did you go to the Maryland mosque?
I’ve been to many mosques.
Has the DC Metro System expanded since 9/12?
Yes, but it’s a little limited.
It doesn’t have a lot.
Is the DC Metropolitan Area still considered a safe place for Muslim Americans?
Are there any plans to expand the DC Muslim Community Center?
No, but they are working on it.