“I envisioned Cordoba House over fifteen years ago in the wake of 9/11. My ambition was to create a Muslim version of the 92nd Street Y in New York that would have cultural and educational programs, a prayer space, and a community center to promote a distinctively American Muslim identity, as well as a welcoming space for people of other faiths to build bridges and engage with each other.
Our work at Cordoba House seeks to constantly improve understanding and build trust among people of all cultures and religions. Toward this end, we strongly believe in promoting a voice of moderation, which I do through programs, media appearances, Op-Eds, lectures, and publications.
Cordoba House’s vision stresses the need for preparing the next generation of American Muslim leaders to be equipped to address the unique needs of their communities. We must also educate and train the very youngest members of our community with a uniquely American and Muslim identity through a Sunday School.
My goal is to continue to expand the organization and accelerate our capacity to do even more, both quantitatively and qualitatively, especially in the area of working to enhance the understanding of the beauty of the Islamic faith to the interfaith and Muslim global community.”
– Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, Founder and President of Cordoba House