Islamic Center of Morgantown

State: West Virginia

Address: Morgantown, WV 26505


Year Founded: 1992. Current location since 2003

The Islamic Center of Morgantown says it “help Muslims carry out Islamic activities in pursuance of Islam as a complete way of life.”[2]

The ICM constitution states that it is affiliated with the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) and the North American Islamic Trust (NAIT). It states that mosque must not violate the constitution of ISNA and its real estate is entrusted to NAIT.

The mosque is the subject of the documentary, The Mosque in Morgantown. It follows an attendee named Asra Nomani, a former Wall Street Journal reporter, who confronts what she feels are anti-Western, anti-female trends. Her activism leads fellow congregants to sign a petition to expel her.[3]

On March 26, 2004, the guest speaker at the mosque praises the spiritual leader of Hamas. He returned as a guest speaker on April 30 of that year, where he said unchaste women are “worthless” and attacks Egyptian women’s rights activists as “advocates of hell.” He says that women should not work outside the home.[4]

On April 2, 2004, a member of the “temporary executive committee” preached that Muslims should “hate” those who hate their Prophet. He said that those who raise questions about Islam and sharia are “enemies of Islam” that must be avoided.[5]

In May 2004, Nomani wrote in the New York Times that the mosque’s hardliners had “packed the mosque’s bookcases with fundamentalist publications.”[6]

[1] “Asra’s Chronology,” The Mosque in Morgantown,

[2] “About ICM,” ICM website,

[3] Home page, The Mosque in Morgantown,

[4] “Asra’s Chronology,” The Mosque in Morgantown,

[5] “Asra’s Chronology,” The Mosque in Morgantown,

[6] Nomani, Asra Q. “Hate at the Local Mosque,” New York Times, May 6, 2004.

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