The 113-year story of the first mosque in the USA

In the USA, where approximately 3.5 million Muslims live, nearly 10 thousand Muslims lived in the beginning of the 1900s, most of whom had migrated from Ottoman lands.

The Ottoman Empire sent an imam named Mehmet Ali Efendi to the USA for the first time in 1910, during the reign of Sultan Reşat.

After Mehmet Ali Efendi came to New York, he established cordial relations with Muslims and led the youth sent by the state for university education.

The mosque, which was opened in New York with his work, also found great repercussions in the US press.

Mehmet Ali Efendi thinks that this mosque is not enough and collects donations from different states for a mosque.

Mehmet Ali Efendi, who collected aid in different states in the USA after the proclamation of the Republic, ensures the establishment of the first orphanage in Ankara with these aids.

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