Posted by: wasim | 9th Jun, 2009

Jumu’a Prayer Locations in Downtown Washington DC

as-salaamu alaikum

New-comers and visitors to Washington DC often have a difficult time locating Friday Prayer (salaatul jumu’a) downtown. This issue comes up most frequently at the beginning of the summer, when interns have to hear about Friday services by word of mouth (which isn’t necessarily a bad thing) instead of being able to find a list somewhere. Unfortunately, the information on is out of date, and is incomplete.

But for now, here’s what I can share, having lived in DC for the last three years:

Islamic Center of Washington aka “Mass Ave Masjid” at 12:30 (winter) or 1:30 (summer)

2551 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20008

North of Dupont Circle

This mosque is located on Embassy Row and is just north of Dupont Circle.  It is a solid 10-15 minute walk from Dupont, but only a $4-5 cab ride.

The sermons are now equally in Arabic and English (first and second half).  It is a good idea to get to this masjid early if you want to be able to pray inside the prayer room itself, and not get stuck outside.

A free lunch is served on the north side of this masjid every Friday. To add to the commotion, there is also a “protest khutba” outside on the sidewalk in front of the Turkish Embassy, led by ousted Imam al-Asi.

Masjid Muhammad at 12:15 PM (winter) or 1:15 PM (summer)

1519 Islamic Way  (4th St.) NW Washington, DC20001 (202)483-8832

Near Shaw-Howard metro

This mosque has the longest khutbas in the downtown Washington DC area — often nearly 40-45 minutes long.  The community follows the ministry of the late Imam Warth Deen Muhammad, and the mosque was originally a Nation of Islam meeting house.  Many community members clearly make an effort to dress up for this jumu’a, which is very nice to see.

There is zabihah halal lunch served downstairs after Friday prayer, consisting mostly of southern foods like fried chicken, corn bread, green beans.  The cost is somewhere between $7-12 dollars, cash only.

Indonesian Embassy

2020 Massachusetts Avenue NW

located 1 block from Dupont Circle

The Indonesian Embassy alternates the language of the Friday Sermon between English and Bahasa Indonesian every other week.


Metro Center at 1:20 PM

13th & G Street NW in the basement of “The Church of the Epiphany” (towards 14th St)

Two blocks from Metro Center

This jumu’a prayer serves the downtown working community.  It is hosted in the basement of the Church of the Epiphany, the only church on G street between 13 and 14 streets.

L’Enfant Plaza at 1:30 PM

Portals Conference Center at L’Enfant Hotel

1250 Maryland Ave., SW Washington, D.C. 20065

Walking directions from L’Enfant hotel:

  • Go West on D Street SW. Cross the 12th Street. D St becomes Maryland Ave. (ends at circle and Mandarin Hotel. Building entrance is on the left before Mandarin hotel. Pass the security desk and take the main elevator one level down to the Courtyard (CY) level. Exit the elevator hall towards the Portals Courtyard Level North. Turn left in the hallway. Follow the sign to the Portals Conference Center. Enter the Conference room’s area through the double door. First Conference (large) room on the left is reserved for Friday prayers

Alternate Walking direction from Promenade level of L’Enfant Plaza

  • Walk east towards the USPS building (opposite to the metro station). Take escalators by CVS to go one level down. Walk diagonally to your right once you come out of the glass double doors, towards D Street
  • Turn left on D Street going east. Cross the traffic light still going east.  Go past two buildings on your left then make a left turn.  Continue walking past the curved entrance. Enter the building from the next entrance on your left.  Go past the security desk.  Take the elevators down one level.  Walk towards the conference rooms on your left.  Keeping on going till you come to glass doors.  The prayer area will be on your left.

The George Washington University at 12:45 PM (Winter) or 1:15 PM (Summer)
24th and G St NW
, located in church basement, entrance on 24th Street itself near sign “Mariam’s Kitchen”

3 blocks south of Foggy Bottom Metro (23rd and I)

This Friday prayer is among the largest downtown.  The GW MSA organizes it throughout the school year, and has only canceled it during Winter Break.  An active rotation of local scholars provide khutba here, including Imam Nassimi and Dr. Shafi Khan.

Georgetown University – Main Campus at 1:30 PM
Leavey Center Bulldog Alley
located on the Georgetown University main campus

If you need an address to enter into your GPS or to give to the taxi, it is 3700 O Street NW Washington DC 20057 (37th and O Streets NW, the main gate).

The location of this Friday prayer changes frequently and the MSA along with Muslim Chaplaincy is getting better at communicating those changes to the attendees.  If Friday Prayer is not in Leavey Center, then you should proceed to Riverside Lounge which is located on the far south end of campus, in the “river front” entrance of the New South dormitory. From Mid-May to Mid-August, Friday prayer is held in the musalla (Muslim prayer room) in Copley Hall.

On the site: Leavey Center is building number #22, Copley Hall (the musalla) is building #36, New South (Riverside Lounge) is buildling #61

Georgetown University Law Center at 1:30 PM

600 New Jersey Ave, NW

Washington, DC 20001

located half-way between Judiciary Square and Union Station

The prayer will be held in the St. Thomas Moore Chapel on the first floor (Basement) of McDonough Hall


  • You can enter on 600 New Jersey, or on 2nd Street, between F and G.
    All visitors (non students) are required to sign in with security at
    the front desk (very quick).  Then proceed downstairs to the Main
    Chapel at the center of the building.

The United States Capitol Building  at 12:30 PM

Room HC-5 of the United States Capitol Building

A valid driver’s license or other government issued ID is required for entry into the US Capitol Building.  Inform the guard where you are headed, and he or she will gladly give you directions to the prayer.  They are all familiar with “Muslim Friday Prayer”




Thank you so much for posting this. I have been using this for some time now as my work location changes continously and your blog makes it easier for me to attend Friday prayers around town. Thanks again and may God bless you for this.


ASA Wasim,
May ALLAH bless you with ur efforts. I ma new to DC and this info helped me to find a location close by for Jumma prayer.
Keep up the good work.

WAS. Bader


Thank you for posting this list. It has been a great help.

ma salaam to all you muslims brothers and siters, i am muslim, i like to come to ,Washington, DC, ido not know any one in Washington, i lkie to come to try find roomate, may i have to stay two to thiree, days, if sa posseble, let me know, jazza kha;Allah, thank you, i am African

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Brother Wasim, may Allah bless you, I work in one of the building you mentioned where the jumma prayers occurs, and I didnt know that, I just started last month. Now all of namaz’s sawab will go to you as well. Ameen

Excellent service. Does any one know Friday prayer location near 131 M Street, NE (NOMA area), near New York Avenue/Galladut University area.

Can you add little more info;
– L’Enfant plaze location is very small
– Metro center location offers pizza for lunch if people want to pray & eat ( also donation is accepted for the pizza).
very needed & informative blog you have in dc area. My office moved to Navy yard & I used your blog to locate the L’Enfant plaza location.


Does any one know Friday prayer location near 1100 17th street, NW , Washington, DC 20036.

Wow! Thank you! I permanently needed to write on my blog something like that. Can I take a part of your post to my website?

I second the request made by Zafar:

Does any one know Friday prayer location near 131 M Street, NE (NOMA area), near New York Avenue/Galladut University area.

Ivy City Masjid is at 2001 Galludet St., NE. Friday prayer at 1:30, but you should double check as that info isn’t current. 202-529-3100. It is right off New York avenue, close to Love nigt club (a big landmark to give you a better idea where it is).

Thannnnk youuuuuuuuuuuu soooo much.Allah bless you brother.i just started job in dc and u made it so easy for me.Allah bless you

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Asalaam Alaikum brother Wasim. I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for posting the jumaa prayer locations in Washington DC for all muslims. Inshallah Allah will will reward you in this dunya and in the aakhira. Ameen.
FYI. I checked the L’Enfant Hotel and they don’t have jumma prayer taking place. Can anyone let me if its true. Jazakallah.

It is in the basement of the hotel at the Portals. Just walk inside to the elevators and go down to the courtyard level. If it close to time to start the khutbah you should see a crowd of brothers headed that way.

Assalam-o-Alaikum to all readers. I am new to DC and today is my first Friday in DC. It made me easy to locate a suitable place for juma prayer. Can any one of you help me to find an shared/independent accommodation which not expensive and near to Howard university.

Is there any location or meditation room for daily prayer at Capitol Hill?

salam,i am new in DC pls is there any place for daily prayer in east capitol street,NE or Jumat prayer,if any i how can i get there?

Salam, thank you Wasim bhai, for sharing the locations of Jumma prayers L’Enfant plaza is closest to me. However, do you know if there is place where I can perform daily prayer near L’Enfant plaza?