Eid al-Fitr – Sunday, 19 August 2012
First Eid Jamaat: 7:30 AM
Second Eid Jamaat: 8:15 AM
Third Eid Jamaat: 9:00 AM
Fourth Eid Jamaat: 9:45 AM
The Islamic Cultural Center was the first building erected as a mosque in New York City. It contains the two primary elements that traditionally compose an Islamic house of worship: a mosque and a minaret. Within the mosque, the mihrab, or alter niche, faces Mecca, dictating the mosque’s 29 degree angle from the Manhattan street grid. This alignment creates a traditional exterior court for worshipers to gather before services. The geometric form of the mosque, based on a recurring theme of square units, follows Islamic law, which prohibits the depiction of natural forms since they are made in the image of God. The result is a striking blend of ancient Islamic tradition and contemporary design and materials.