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What is an Islamic center?

An Islamic center is similar to the Christian and Jewish community centers that have become an integral part of many churches and synagogues in America and around the world. For Muslims, while it has a prayer room, much of the center is used for other activities: educational programs and seminars, social gatherings, community celebrations, religious classes, and sports events. In America, many of these community activities take place on Sunday, when Muslims are free from weekday work obligations. The Islamic center may be a building that stands alone or is part of a mosque complex.

The diverse offerings of some American mosques and centers might include youth sports activities, social services such as job and computer training or job placement, and programs featuring political candidates. Internationally, mosques and Islamic centers have also provided the social services that some governments have failed to offer their citizens.

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