ISLAMIC CULTURAL CENTER NEW YORK

At a time when other religions were reporting declining memberships, Islam was growing by leaps and bounds in the city. Although there have been Muslims in New York since colonial times, their numbers started to grow in the early part of the twentieth century as immigrants began arriving from Eastern Europe for the first time. After the United Nations moved to New York, delegates from Islamic countries, led by the Pakistani delegation, formed the Islamic Center, which planned and eventually built this impressive mosque. The building, which combines the traditional dome and minaret with modern touches, is angled on the site to face Mecca. Financing for the building was largely arranged by Kuwaiti interests.

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