The Dayton Fazl-i-Umar Mosque is the first purpose built mosque in Ohio. It has the distinction of being the first mosque built in the United States by African American converts to Islam. It is also the first of many mosques constructed by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in the America.
The Mosque was built by real sacrifices of a few dedicated, respected older members of our community. Outstanding among them are Dr. Wali Kareem and his wife Lateefa who in the year 1949, donated a plot of land next to their home on which they wanted a Mosque to be built. A ground digging ceremony was held and many members of the community were there.
At first a basement was put in with one small kitchen, two bathrooms and an auditorium. The Mosque was completed and inaugurated 1964 under the direction of Missionary Abdul Hamid. He came to Dayton as the first missionary in residence.
The Fazl-i-Umar Mosque was renovated and expanded in 2012 before the visit of Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, Khalifatul Masih V (may Allah be his Helper).
Imam Usama Rehman
Usama Rehman Graduated From The Ahmadiyya University Of Theology and Languages in 2020. He has been serving as the Imam and Missionary for The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in central and southwest Ohio since January 2022.