Welcome to the Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati
The Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati (ICGC) in West Chester, Ohio is more than a place of worship. Since our opening November 9, 1995 we have come to be known as an organization built on strong interfaith relations, cross-cultural understanding, and service to one and all. Greater Cincinnati Muslims of all ethnicities and backgrounds gather here to pray, socialize and learn. The larger community turns to us as a trusted source of accurate information on Islam and Muslims. Our doors are open to our friends and neighbors and many have returned several times.
The founding roots of the Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati (ICGC) goes back to the 1950s when the community purchased a tiny house on Fairview Avenue to serve as a masjid or mosque and meeting place for the growing community. The Arabic word masjid means “a place where people prostrate toward God”. In 1980, as the community steadily grew, they purchased a larger house on Clifton Avenue that continues to serve as a mosque to Clifton and its surrounding neighborhoods.
The current ICGC property in West Chester was purchased in 1988. There were a number of community leaders spearheading the building of the Center who worked with Ahmad Samawi, founder of Mid-American Development Company. Not only did Mr. Samawi offer the services of his development company, he also made a significant financial commitment to build the Center.
The community came together and turned a long-held dream into a beautiful reality when the Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati opened in 1995.
Henry Hane – Executive Director
Henry has an MA in English, an MA in Urban Education Studies, and is currently completing a PhD in Urban Education Studies at Indiana University-Purdue University.
Henry Hane comes with over a decade worth of experience having been active with the Islamic Muslim Community Association (IMCA) in Indianapolis, IN since 2003, where he served as an active community member, volunteer, board member-at-large, and board Vice-President. He also served as principal at the Universal School of Plainfield, in Indiana, for over 3 years. Henry Hane is currently a Board Member of Tabital Pulaaku Americas as Secretary General and the Secretary General of NANN-K USA.
Mr. Hane brings to ICGC the conviction of working towards a model institution that projects a positive image of Islam through professionalism and building connections. With his experience in operations, staff management, research, development, and outreach in Muslim institutions, he is well poised to take ICGC to the next level inshaAllah.