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Dedicated in 1957, the Islamic Center is the nation’s oldest mosque and serves thousands of local Muslims each month, including many from the diplomatic community.

The center is overseen by a board of governors that mostly consists of ambassadors from Islamic countries. Saudi Prince Bandar bin Sultan, former ambassador to the United States, is the current board chairman.

One of the most notable days in the center’s history occurred in the days after the September 11 terrorist attacks, when President Bush visited the center, saying “the face of terror is not the true faith of Islam … Islam is peace.”