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Muslim American Dawah Center (Providence, Rhode Island)


Address: 247 Lockwood Street, Providence, RI, 02909
Place: Providence
State: RI - Rhode Island
Postcal Code: 02909
Telephone: +1 (401) 621-9494 Fax: N / A
Other Names: Muslim American Da'wah Center

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Mosque Notes


With a quick glance, one may miss the silently nestled Muslim-American Dawah Center on the 2nd story of 247 Lockwood Street. However, this subtle exterior belies the remarkable activism for community service and social change for which the center strives. This community has a very fascinating past along with a vibrant and inspiring future. The members, under the national leadership of Warith Deen Muhammad, are converts from the Nation of Islam (NOI) to Sunni Islam.

The community’s NOI roots in Providence date back to 1952, when Martin’s Barber Shop on Winter Street along with other homes were used as meeting places for NOI members until a regular place could be established at 312 Prairie Avenue. However, following Elijah Muhammad’s death in 1975 and Warith Deen’s redirection of the community, the congregants physically and spiritually left the NOI at 312 Prairie Avenue and established Masjid Al-Razzaq on 234 Pavilion Avenue as their new home from which they could begin practicing their new vision within Sunni Islam.

After leaving Al-Razzaq and working with the larger Muslim community, they again felt the need for a place where they could practice their distinct vision of community activism and service under the leadership of Imam Warith Deen Muhammad. In the late 80’s they moved into 804 broad street and eventually expanded to 247 Lockwood Street by the summer of 1998, where they presently reside.

Members comment that its present location is ideal in its proximity to needy areas along with other resources. They humbly contest the title “masjid” for their place of worship; rather they prefer the term “center” because their present location is somewhat temporary, and their more elaborate location will be their masjid, once it is built anew with all the amenities of a classical mosque (i.e. minaret, etc.). The congregants are dedicated to establishing an American identity through an Islamic framework. This ideal of harmony can be demonstrated quite literally on their letterhead, where the American flag and the Qur’an are cohesively depicted beside their organization’s name.

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