The Ephraim Bahar Cultural Center was founded by a group of Muslim from the community of Imam Warith Deen Mohammed who wanted their life represented in the community they lived in. They open up Masjid Al Mu’minun at 8607 1/2 south Ashland Ave in the year1990 here in Chicago IL. They begin to introduce themselves to the community by doing da’wah (which is propagation work) and latter it leads to the first community Walk for Moral Excellence.
After being established for a couple of year they grew too close to twenty families. It was decided that the current location was too small and needed a larger location to grow. Through fundraising the Masjid was able to raise enough funds to secure a property at the current location of 2525 W. 71 St. in 1994.
Since then the name was changed from Masjid Al Mu’minun to The Ephraim Bahar Cultural Center in honor of Ephraim Bahar who was a man who worked hard and made big sacrifices to help the Honorable Elijah Muhammad in establishing the Nation of Islam in Detroit, Chicago, Boston and New York to name a few. Ephraim Bahar was among Elijah Muhammad’s most faithful and revered followers. Ephraim Bahar was rich in the spirit of doing for self. And he devoted his life’s work to supporting the mission of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad.
We take pride in naming our Center after a dedicated elderly Brother, whom we lovingly call a Pioneer. His unfailing love for Almighty Allah and the Religion of Al-Islam and his hard work in the Cause of Al-Islam in its early years in the United States of America has left its mark upon the Heart of this Community. It is for this reason that The Ephraim Bahar Cultural Center honors his name as an inspiration to all of us to carry forth with his spirit and dedication.
Since its doors were opened in 1994 at 2525 West 71st Street, The Ephraim Bahar Cultural Center has worked closely with other community organizations like S.W.O.P. (Southwest organizing project), IMAN (Inter City Muslim Action Network), C.I.O.G.C. (Council of Islamic organization of greater Chicago), the Focolare community and our neighbors.
The Ephraim Bahar Cultural Center is always ready to help in community affairs, embracing the neighborhood block clubs, the CAPS Program, and opening communications between all faith communities. Together we bridge our common bonds to work towards improving our communities and Remaking the world with moral excellence.