Albanian Islamic Cultural Center in New York

By: Valon Xoxa    February 3, 2014

The Albanian Islamic Cultural Center located in Staten Island, NY, became a hub of people from all walks of life and beliefs on prophet Mohammad’s birthday. In an attempt to bring people closer and celebrate humanity, the center brought together people from all religions, political affiliations and police officials.

On 17th of January, the Albanian Islamic Cultural Center of Staten Island organized a festivity in honor of celebrating the birthday of prophet Mohammed. Thus, in an attempt to gather the Albanian Diaspora, the center brought together Christians, Orthodox Christians, Jewish as well as many other representatives from the government and non-government organizations.

The Albanian mosque of Staten Island is considered among the biggest in the United States, thus it brought great attention to the event by attracting important individuals such as : Bekim Sejdiu, Kosovo’s Ambassador to the United States, Edward Delatorre -Staten Island Chief of Police,Philip Banks – Chief of NYPD, Congressman Micheal Grimm and many other religious leaders.

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Valon Xoxa

Valon Xoxa is a staff member of He holds a bachelor degree from Westminster College (MO) in Cultural Anthropology and Sociology. Currently resides in Prishtina, and is a freelance contributor and editor at With an interest in contemporary culture, he seeks to find and incorporate articles from the Kosovar Diaspora that would shed light upon the interesting characteristics of this important global community. He has published a research article through UNDP’s School on Human Development titled “Mobility and Public Participation: A Case Study of the Kosovar Diaspora”, where a rather interesting Andersonian perspective is taken at understanding the Internet as a national identity creation medium.

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