The mosque, or Masjid serves as a spiritual epicenter for Muslims worldwide. Providing a venue for daily prayers, weekly sermons, and congregational fellowship-- the Masjid plays a fundamental role in the development of the immigrant Muslim communities within New York City. For these new immigrants, the Masjid acts as an incubator, a neutral space, providing refuge from the outside world. In the Masjid, a person kneeling towards Mecca is not a stranger, but a brother or sister in faith. It is within these varied structures that the nexus of familiarity and communal identity exists and flourishes.
This is work is part of an ongoing project documenting the lives of the diverse immigrant Muslim communities throughout the greater New York City.