In 1969, a group of Muslim
students who chose to make their permanent home in Minnesota formally started
the Islamic Center of Minnesota in Dinkytown. The Abukhadra family generously donated the facility in
Columbia Heights to be used as a Masjid. With the growth of the Muslim
community and with generous donations from community members, the ICM purchased
the school building on Gardena Ave. in Fridley in 1987. The ICM school facility
in Fridley and the ICM AbuKhadra Masjid are the two
ICM facilities in use today.
building is used on weekdays by the Al-Amal School
which operates a full time Islamic school. The ICM operates a weekend school on
Saturday and Sunday. ICM AbuKhadra Masjid holds daily
and Friday congregational prayers. The Muslim community in Minnesota is
estimated at 150,000. There are some 6 to 8 million Muslims in the United
States and 1.4 billion Muslims worldwide.