Masjid Al-Ihsaan

This profile was last updated in 2004

History and Location

Masjid Al-Ihsaan was founded in 2001. The mosque is in a 40 by 60 feet building on 9,500 square feet of land. The mosque is next to a Christian school at 10180 SW 168 Street in Perrine, Miami. The mosque is very attractive. It is the second mosque in Miami, after Miami Gardens Masjid, to have a small tower, a dome, and crescent outside the building, indicating that it is a mosque. The mosque also has parking lots on its right and left, and a wide grassy yard behind it. Inside, the mosque is beautifully decorated with blue carpet and Arabic calligraphy on the wall. People, Activities and Affiliation Every Friday about 200 Muslims, both male and female, participate in the Jumah prayer and about 20 Muslims actively attend daily prayers. Muslim women and Muslim men pray in separate rooms, each of which has its own entry door. About 1,000 attend Eid prayers. Besides providing religious services, the mosque also has Saturday school for Muslim children. Muslims from various ethnic, professional, or national backgrounds participate in the mosque’s activities. Basically, the mosque follows the Sunni school. However, none of the madzhabs (legal schools) is regarded as the official school of the mosque. Almost every kind of madzhabs can be found in the mosque. Muslims coming from Pakistan are mostly hanafi; Arabs are syafi’i or maliki. The Impact of 9/11 According to a community member, the 9/11 tragedy obviously had an impact on the Muslim community. Most Muslims in the community were looked at differently by other communities. They felt others judged them as having committed a “crime by association” of merely being Muslim. In other words, Muslims were blamed as the group responsible for the tragedy. They were judged not because of what they had done but because of their communal identity. They were surprised that instead of a person being judged by what his or her actions, they were condemned by their social membership. Some of them, therefore, tried to disassociate themselves from their Muslim identities; some men shaved their beards, several women removed their hijab, and others changed their names. Although some Muslims had difficulties after 9/11, the mosque did not dramatically change any of its programs or activities. For example, the mosque’s weekend school is still run in the same way. The mosque actually increased its activities after 9/11 by creating programs to help people in need and by responding to people interested in learning more about Islam. In this case, the mosque provided some books to those who wanted to know more about Islam. The books were provided in many languages, many in Spanish. Interreligious Dialogue Some Islamic figures in the community actively participate in interfaith dialogue. Besides CAIR (The Council of American Islamic Relations), which is a body of Muslim-Americans in interreligious and intercultural relationship, some Muslims from this community also got involved in “TRI-FAITH,” which is for Jews, Muslims and Christians. According to a community member, the basic philosophy of inter-religious dialogue is that as human beings people have to have good relationships with other people regardless of their religions. In terms of human-to-human relationships, which is different from the human relationship with the Creator, Muslims have to interact with people regardless of their religious background. The Imam of the mosque is Tarek Chabbi, a professor in the Department of Education at Florida International University.