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The Oldest Mosque in America

posted by Suzy Shuraym

America’s First Purpose-Built Mosque was completed in 1934 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa; photo ©2012 by Susan McKee

The Mother Mosque of America, once known as The Rose of Fraternity Lodge, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is said to be the first permanent structure to be built specifically to serve as a mosque in the United States.

Construction was completed on February 15, 1934. When a larger local mosque, the Islamic Center of Cedar Rapids, was built in 1971, the building was sold. Successive owners over the next twenty years allowed the building to fall in to disrepair.

In 1990 the Islamic Council of Iowa purchased the building, refurbished it, and restored its status as a Muslim cultural center.

Are you a part of the Islamic Council of Iowa? Can you tell us more about the current uses of this historic building?

Who has visited it?



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