About Aqsa-Salam

Imam Konate Sulaymane

The Masjid AQSA-SALAM is home to the oldest Muslim community ever founded in New York and its surroundings. It was established in 1996 by immigrants from Côte d'Ivoire. It is the result of the merger of two mosques of Harlem, AQSA and SALAM.

For nearly two decades, this Mosque represented a veritable symbol that brought together all the Muslim communities, the vast majority of whom are of West African origin. Indeed, beyond a place of worship, this mosque served as a hub, a true community center that played a very important role in the development of Harlem in general and the neighborhood commonly called 'Little Africa' (Little Africa).

Our Mission

AQSA-ALAM Community Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit religious organization incorporated in the state of New York. We are dedicated to providing religious, educational and social services to the Muslim communities in New York, especially in the Bronx and Harlem area.

Our Vision

As one of the largest communities with a very diverse group, from all ethnic background,

our vision is to be open and embracing to all schools of thoughts, cultures, ethnicities and nationalities while still being steadfast on the core Islamic values as prescribed by the Qur’an and Sunnah.

Our goals

  • To help and encourage Muslims to acquire Islamic knowledge and to practice Islam as a complete way of life, according to the Quran and Sunnah.

  • To provide for the religious, intellectual and social welfare of the Muslim community.

  • To provide charitable and humanitarian help to the entire community, Muslims and non-Muslims.

  • To reach out and present Islam through educational and cultural activities, which are consistent with the teachings and principles of Islam.

  • To promote inter-faith dialogue and discussion, promote positive relations between Muslims and non-Muslims.

  • To promote and support Islamic causes.

Our Goals

  • To help and encourage Muslims to acquire Islamic knowledge and to practice Islam as a complete way of life, according to the Quran and Sunnah.

  • To provide for the religious, intellectual and social welfare of the Muslim community.

  • To provide charitable and humanitarian help to the entire community, Muslims and non-Muslims.

  • To reach out and present Islam through educational and cultural activities, which are consistent with the teachings and principles of Islam.

  • To promote inter-faith dialogue and discussion, promote positive relations between Muslims and non-Muslims.

  • To promote and support Islamic causes.

Management Team

The Imams

Resident Imam

Konate Souleyman

Adjunct Imam

Soumahoro Moustapha

Key Board of Trustees Members

Cisse Mamadou

President

Salim H. Soumbounou

General Coordinator

Sherif Siaka

Vice-President

Sidibe Saibou
Secretary General

Ouattara Doh Seydou

Treasurer-General

Adama Ouattara

Project Manager

Nene Samake

Sisters Coordinator

Said Bamba

Youth Coordinator

Our History

AQSA-SALAM is home to the oldest Muslim community ever founded by African descendants in New York and probably in the United States. It was established in 1996 by immigrants mainly from Côte d'Ivoire as a result of two neighboring mosques merger in Harlem, AQSA and SALAM.

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For nearly two decades, this Mosque represented a veritable symbol that brought together all the Muslim communities, the vast majority of whom are of West African origin. Indeed, beyond a place of worship, this mosque served as a hub, a true community center that played a very important role in the development of Harlem in general and the neighborhood commonly called '’Little Africa'’ (a strip of blocks around West 116th Street).

AQSA-SALAM is a unique house of worship where religious services are provided in English, French, Arabic and African languages (Mandingo…)

Although the vast majority of his members are from west Africa, AQSA-SALAM remains one of the most diverse community in the city. Indeed, it is also house for immigrants from Pakistan, Bangladesh, Yemen, Morocco…

Since its establishment AQSA-SALAM has been providing educational, employment, immigration, health and all-purpose guide to life in America to the growing African immigrants community especially. Congregants come from all New York 5 boroughs and even New Jersey. Cab drivers, small business owners and other blue collar workers represent the majority of the members.

For decades, AQSA-SALAM has been the bridge to the city’s growing African Muslim immigrant population for politicians, police officers, the office of the mayor, immigrant advocates and many other state and federal officials and organizations.

AQSA-SALAM resident Imam, Konate Souleymane has been deeply involved for years in building bridges across cultures and leading the effort to promote interfaith dialogue between Muslims and non-Muslims. The community through Imam Konaté has been profiled by many news organizations including CNN, BBC, the New York Times, NPR, and the Daily News especially for its moderate voice of reason in a post 9/11 world.

As the African immigrants’ community keeps growing and the Mosque was overflowing with worshipers, AQSA-SALAM has proudly encouraged and led to the establishment of many other mosques in New York and the tri state area. Indeed, most mosques in Harlem and the Bronx especially, are offshoots of AQSA-SALAM.

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Furthermore, AQSA-SALAM has been playing a key role in the establishment and the activities of many organizations such as the Council of African Imams, the Harlem Islamic Leadership, the Health Clinic at Harlem Hospital Center set up to cater to the needs of Muslim immigrants from West Africa…

AQSA-SALAM was previously located at 2136 Eight Avenue, between 116th Street and 115th Street. The mosque was pressured to move out back in October 2013 given Harlem is in the midst of a profound and accelerating shift, a phenomenon called ‘’Gentrification’’.

For nearly 6 months, the Friday congregation was being performed at a space graciously offered by the First Corinthian Baptist Church within their premises located on the 116th street and Adam clayton Powell Blvd.

Since May 2014, AQSA-SALAM is located at 23 East 115th Street. As a tenant the community has been facing an increased rent over the years, paying today over $12,000, including utilities and maintenance!

Alhamdulillah, with our recent acquisition we will be able to move to a new facility, a place we can now proudly call, ‘’Our Home’’!

In order to move we will need to initiate some significant renovation works so to accommodate a mosque and a community center needs.

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MASJID AQSA-SALAM is a 501(c)(3) non-profit religious organization dedicated to providing religious, educational and social services to the Muslim communities in New York.

Services

Mosque

Quran and Islamic School

Funeral Assistance

Marriage Services

Youth Center

Community Services Center

Da'wah Center

Daycare Center

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