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Mosque Foundation

Mosque Foundation in July, 2013

Location 7360 W. 93rd St., Bridgeview, Illinois
 United States
Established 1980
Leadership Imam(s):
Jamal Said
Architectural information
Style Modern
Capacity 10,000+
Dome(s) 3
Minaret(s) 1

Website: www.mosquefoundation.org/

The Mosque Foundation is located in Bridgeview, Illinois. It serves the spiritual, religious and communal needs of area Muslims by means of nurturing their faith, upholding their values, and fostering the wellbeing of the community around it through worship, charity, education, outreach, and civic engagement.

In 1954 a handful of Palestinian émigrés on Chicago’s famous Southside formed the Mosque Foundation of Chicago with the dream of one day building a structure to house the religious and cultural activities of their growing young families. Today, that dream has become one of the busiest mosques in America, serving a community of more than 50,000 Muslims.

Built in 1981 on a few acres of swampy land in the middle of mostly abandoned prairie in Bridgeview, with a prayer hall capacity of 300 worshippers. No one could foresee that the mosque’s establishment would inspire a Muslim neighborhood of hundreds of beautiful new homes around the mosque, two full-time Islamic schools at its edges, a Community Center down the road, and dozens of thriving businesses.

The community has steadily diversified to include Muslims of many languages and experiences—all praying side-by-side, with their children, in a brimming mosque that cannot contain them.

Imams are active in counseling, education, spiritual guidance, and arbitration. Community members work with local and national Islamic, interfaith, and civic organizations on numerous initiatives. These include protecting American civil liberties, empowering Muslims locally and nationally, improving the quality of urban life across America, and helping the poor, immigrants, and the oppressed by advocating for justice and peace.

Historical Timeline[edit]

1954: Official Registration

1963: Interim Location Purchased

1976: Tax-exempt Status Approved

1977: Mosque Architectural Plan Completed

1978: Construction Began

1981: Mosque Opened

1986: Aqsa School for Girls Opened in Mosque*

1996: Youth Center Opened

1998: Interim Expansion Completed

2002: Lot for Additional Parking Purchased and Developed

2004: Reopened Youth Center after Major Remodeling

2005: Muslim Community Donated Lakeshore Chicago Garden to the City of Chicago

2005: Food Pantry Opened

2006: Expanded Youth Center to Community Center

2007: Started Mosque Foundation Community Pulse Newsletter

2007: New Website Launched

2008: Second major expansion completed

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143 news items

Algemeiner

Algemeiner
Sun, 16 Aug 2015 07:55:59 -0700

We were also exposed to the Israeli lies about Al-Aqsa Mosque, such as the existence of Jewish artifacts under the mosque, which would give [Israel] the pretext to violate the mosque's foundation and structure and destroy it.” Abed added that among the ...

WLS-TV

WLS-TV
Fri, 23 Jan 2015 03:41:44 -0800

Police said the post was made 2.5 miles from the Mosque Foundation in Bridgeview. Local and federal authorities launched an investigation immediately. Leaders of the Mosque Foundation in Bridgeview held a meeting Thursday night to talk about ways to ...

Al-Monitor

Al-Monitor
Wed, 12 Aug 2015 16:26:15 -0700

We were also exposed to the Israeli lies about Al-Aqsa Mosque, such as the existence of Jewish artifacts under the mosque, which would give [Israel] the pretext to violate the mosque's foundation and structure and destroy it.” Abed added that among the ...

The Chicago Monitor

The Chicago Monitor
Mon, 26 Jan 2015 12:15:42 -0800

Two men who had made threats on FaceBook alluding to shooting and killing Muslims at the Mosque Foundation in Bridgeview, a suburb of Chicago, were released on Friday by local police after turning themselves in. The local media only reported that the ...

The Independent

The Independent
Tue, 10 Mar 2015 20:16:13 -0700

The Imam of the Bridgeview Mosque Foundation, Sheikh Ahmed Arufat, answered questions from curious NEIU students. (Photo courtesy of the Asian/Global Resource Center). The troubling reports of violence in recent news involving members of Muslim ...

RT (blog)

RT (blog)
Mon, 25 May 2015 12:07:30 -0700

For the Shia, the battle of Karbala is the archetypal battle between good and evil. The mosque's foundation has been part of efforts to look after the thousands of internally displaced persons (IDPs) fleeing ISIS. They have helped Iraqis from all walks ...

The Chicago Monitor

The Chicago Monitor
Mon, 11 May 2015 14:22:30 -0700

Buses transported paraders from mosques in suburbs, including Bridgeview Mosque Foundation, to the parade grounds. Nadia Hannoun of Wheaton attended with her family. “It was awesome,” said Hanoun. “It wasn't enough people but I loved it and seeing ...
 
CBS Local
Tue, 03 Feb 2015 15:38:17 -0800

The Mosque Foundation in Bridgeview is caught in the middle, between recruiting and revenge. Recent police protection there followed an internet exchange about “an eye for an eye” and “starting with the mosque down the street.” Though two suspects ...
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