Masjid al Quran
Men and women gather for prayer every Friday at 1:00 PM. Worshippers and visitors enter the prayer hall through ablution rooms via a central narthex.
Masjid al Quran is an Islamic mosque. Formerly a Nation of Islam Mosque (the old Muhammad's Mosque No. 11), the Masjid al Quran has been a center of worship for "mainstream" (Sunni) Islam since the 1970s. A brief history of the Mosque may be found here. The mosque has been active in interfaith efforts. A 2007 Boston Globe article states: "[Current Imam] Mahdee has sought a more visible role for Masjid Al Quran in Boston's public life, taking part in interfaith lectures and attending Israeli Independence Day celebrations at the Israeli consulate long before the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, made such outreach imperative for Muslims. Mahdee says the mosque can do more, but he also believes that other faith communities could do more to reciprocate Masjid Al Quran's efforts. Mahdee would also like to see the mosque's younger congregants -- those in their teens, 20s, and 30s -- become more involved in the mosque."
Imam Taalib Mahdee
Cooperative Metropolitan Ministries member congregations
In addition to Friday community prayers, Masjid Al-Qur'an has an extensive array of educational and social activities including Islamic education classes. In the spring of 2005 the masjid began a weekly program titled, "Most of All Get an Understanding," which aims to educate non-Muslim members of the community on Islam. The masjid is a member of Cooperative Metropolitan Ministries an interfaith group comprised of 70 faith communities in the Boston area. As part of their urban-suburban partnership program, Masjid al-Qur'an has been paired with Temple Shalom, a reform synagogue in Newton. The partnership has brought rabbis to speak at the masjid and members of the masjid have attended prayer services at the synagogue. The two religious centers have coordinated volunteer activities together such as a food drive and delivering food to home-bound elders on Christmas day. Imam Taalib draws inspiration for the partnership from the fact that the building which houses the masjid was formerly home to a Jewish function hall.
150-200 regularly attend service