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The Islamic Center of America
is a mosque
A mosque is a place of worship for followers of Islam. The word is likely to have entered the English language through French , from Portuguese , from Spanish , and from Berber , ultimately originating in — . The Arabic word masjid literally means a place of prostration...
in Dearborn, Michigan, opened in 2005, that is the largest in North America
North America is a continent wholly within the Northern Hemisphere and almost wholly within the Western Hemisphere. It is also considered a northern subcontinent of the Americas...
. It caters mainly to the Shi'a Muslim congregation; however, all Muslims may attend this mosque.
The Islamic Center of America is located at 19500 Ford Road
M-153 is a state trunkline highway in the U.S. state of Michigan. It is also known as Ford Road for nearly its entire length, except for its westernmost portion where it splits from Ford Road and junctions with the M-14 freeway...
in Dearborn. The institution was founded in 1963 by Muhammad Jawad Chirri, who remained its director until his death in 1994. The current Imam is Iraqi-born Sayed Hassan Al-Qazwini
Hassan Al-Qazwini is the leader of the Islamic Center of America in Dearborn, Michigan, largest mosque in North America, representing the Twelver Shi'a branch of Islam.- Family :...
2011 mosque bombing plot
On January 24, 2011, an Imperial Beach, California man named Roger Stockham was arrested and charged with terrorism after attempting to blow up the Islamic Center of America. According to police, he targeted the city because of its large Arab-American and Muslim population although he later claimed to be a convert to Sunni Islam
Sunni Islam is the largest branch of Islam. Sunni Muslims are referred to in Arabic as ʾAhl ūs-Sunnah wa āl-Ǧamāʿah or ʾAhl ūs-Sunnah for short; in English, they are known as Sunni Muslims, Sunnis or Sunnites....
who harbored anti-Shia Islam sentiments.
Pastor Terry Jones rally
A day before the scheduled appearance of Pastor Terry Jones, 21 April 2011, hundreds of people from all faiths gathered in a show of solidarity. Jews, Christians and other faith groups stood side by side with inter-locked arms in opposition to Terry Jones. Also, the Dearborn Circuit Court ruled that Terry Jones' planned protest would be a Breach of Peace with one of the biggest concerns being the large number of death threats (over 300) received against Jones to date. Terry Jones subsequently got an attorney and plans to file a lawsuit against the court in the coming days.
- Dearborn Mosque
Dearborn Mosque is a mosque belonging to the American Muslim Society in Dearborn, Michigan. It was built in 1937 by the nascent Islamic community , and was only the second mosque constructed in the United States...
, an older mosque in the same city