From one of the earliest mosques in the tiny town of Ross in North Dakota which, according to historians, was built around 1929 by Syrian-Lebanese immigrants, to the present day, the number of mosques in the USA has been steadily rising.
Islamic Heritage Month is an annual celebration of the history and culture of the American Muslim communities. The event, which spans from April 1 to April 30, commemorates the rich culture, history, and diversity of Muslims and their contributions to America and the world at large.
Islamic Heritage Month in Jackson actually began as a commemorative month when it was first introduced in a proclamation in April 2016 by former Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber, in honor of IMMC’s 15-year anniversary. The mayor urged all citizens “to celebrate and commemorate the historical contributions of Muslims, who ignited the Renaissance of Europe—into America, ushering in the age of science and technology, a culture of tolerance and peace, and the value of education “.
On April 1, 2016, in honor of the fifteen-year anniversary of the International Museum of Muslim Cultures, the former Jackson Mayor, Tony Yarber, issued a proclamation designating April, annually, as Islamic Heritage Month, for the city of Jackson.
The mayor calls upon all the residents of this great city to join him in celebration and recognition of the history and contributions of the Islamic Community. “The Bold New City of Jackson is home to citizens of diverse nationalities, Ethnicities, representing several religious Faiths and cultural traditions. As a city, we are enriched by these relationships and enhanced by their histories, lives, cultural experiences, and contributions.