Overview of The Muhammad Islamic Center of Greater Hartford


At the Muhammad Islamic Center of Greater Hartford, our mission is to serve as a vibrant Islamic community center that nurtures spiritual growth, fosters interfaith relationships, and contributes positively to the broader community of Hartford. We are dedicated to promoting understanding, compassion, and unity through the teachings of the Holy Qur’an and the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).


Our vision is to create an inclusive and welcoming environment where individuals of all backgrounds can come together to worship, learn, and engage in meaningful dialogue. We aspire to be a beacon of Islamic knowledge, a source of inspiration, and a catalyst for positive social change in the greater Hartford area.


The Muhammad Islamic Center of Greater Hartford has a rich history dating back to its establishment in 1955. It was chosen by the late Honorable Elijah Muhammad and coordinated by the late Al-Hajj Malik Shabazz (Malcolm X) to be the starting point for Islam in Connecticut. From humble beginnings in the homes of Rosalie and Islah Beyah, the center has grown to become the first and oldest indigenous Islamic Center in the state. Over the years, we have transitioned from the nationalist teachings of the Nation of Islam to embracing the universal teachings of the Holy Qur’an and the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) under the guidance of the late Imam W.D. Mohamed.


Our center is actively engaged in various initiatives that contribute to the development and well-being of our community. We have played a crucial role in supporting Islamic and public education, including the establishment of the Muhammad University of Islam (now the Clara Muhammad Islamic Academy). We also foster interfaith relationships with Muslim, Christian, and Jewish communities in Connecticut and beyond. Additionally, we have established the New Africa Learning Center as a satellite masjid to support and uplift the African American community in Hartford.


Our goals revolve around community development, social change, and integration. We strive to actively participate in positive interaction, effective communication, and partnerships with the citizens of Connecticut. By welcoming new Muslims and supporting their integration into mainstream American society, we emphasize the importance of experiencing the freedom that America offers. Through our affiliations with various organizations, we aim to stay connected to the broader community, influencing the direction of both Muslims and the general public.

Muhammad Islamic Center of Greater Hartford Shura Board


Resident Imam: Imam Kashif Abdul-Karim
Secretary of Community Affairs: Akbar Esa
Treasurer: Richard El-Amin
International /Masjid Relations: TBD
Executive Assistant: TBD

Majlis Ash-Shura

Entrepreneurship: Jesse Hameen II
Financial Benefactors: Sajdah Sharief
Human Services: Linda Miller
Islamic Education: Kashif Abdul-Karim
CMIA Principal: Umar Jalloh
Monitoring Team: John Abdullah
The New African Learning Center: James Abdus Samad
Property Manager: TBD
Special Events: Carolyn El-Amin

Advisory Council

Larry Muhammad
Abdul Rahmaan Ibn Muhammad
Geneva Abdullah
Pat Chavis
Khadijah Mut’ali
Shakirah Muhammad


Have any questions? We are happy to answer any questions about Islamic faith, our outreach programs and opportunities at and through MICGH.