5 Religious Marvels in America
Islamic Center of America in Dearborn
The Islamic Center of America is a Shia mosque located in Michigan and it is the largest mosque in North America. Due to the large Shia-Arab population, Dearborn is popularly known as the “heart of Shiism" in the United States.
The houses of worship located in countries such as Turkey and India highly inspired the construction of this modern mosque.
"What people are kind of surprised about is we are so open to visitation and dialogue and collaboration," he said. "I think they think we're a closed organization. ... They find out who we are and the fact that we have an open house’’, said Kassem Allie, the center's executive administrator.
The design and architecture of the mosque is unique, with crystal chandeliers, imported granite and a prayer room which is ornamented with patterns taken from Islamic religion and inscription of Quranic verses by a Lebanese artist.