Mission & History

Mission Statement

“To serve, support, unite and strengthen the Muslim community and the community at large in the Washington Metropolitan area by providing and/or facilitating relevant and effective knowledge & learning (religious and other), social services, and improved communication and understanding based on the principles of the Qur’an and the teachings of the prophet Muhammad (pbuh).”

The Name

The Mustafa Center, named after Al-Mustafa, the Chosen One, one of the titles of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), was established by the Afghan Academy with the support of the local Muslim community.

The Beginning

The 7,800 square feet land where the Mustafa Center is located used to be an abandoned property, frequented by those afflicted with the disease of drug addiction and drinking. But Allah (swt) planned for this place to be purified and, by His grace and the tireless efforts of the community, in 1995 this piece of land was purchased for the noble purpose of building a house of worship of Allah (swt).

After many challenges and obstacles were overcome, construction began in September 1997. Within two years, the Mustafa Center was officially opened (November 1999). The total cost of the land and construction was well over a million dollars. With your help, Alhamdulilah, the debt that the Center owed was completely paid off during the blessed month of Ramadan in 2004. We would like to thank all of our brothers and sisters for their generous donations to the Masjid.

The Masjid

The Mustafa Center’s exterior features a light-green dome, two domed minarets on each side, an arch entrance portico supported by columns and tiles with Quranic inscriptions. The interior is adorned with beautiful chandeliers and a lovely mehrab. The Mustafa Center has two floors. The upper floor is the musallaa (prayer hall) with separate sections for brothers and sisters. The lower floor consists of an office, classrooms, library, gathering hall and restrooms.