Cultural Mosque (Chinese: 台北文化清真寺; pinyin: Táiběi Wénhuà Qīngzhēnsì) is a mosque in Zhongzheng
District, Taipei, Taiwan
. The mosque is the third one to be built in Taiwan and it is owned by the Chinese Muslim Youth League.
Unlike the Taipei Grand Mosque
whose daily operation fund is heavily supported by the ROC Government and the Kuomintang, the Taipei Cultural Mosque relies heavily on private donation, this making them a purely "civilian mosque" whose members do not cooperate seriously with the authorities, but concentrate on religious affairs. Consequently, members of Taipei Cultural Mosque accuses supporters of Taipei Grand Mosque of being too political with lack of pure Islamic faith.
When imams from Taipei Cultural Mosque practice religious activities, they often adopt some Han Chinese traditions, such as holding incense, visiting graves, receiving money for reciting Quran etc.
After an administrator eventually died, the Taipei Cultural Mosque went into decline. Now only few Muslims practice prayer in the mosque with some foreign workers and students from South East Asia
and South Asia go there for some group activities. Taipei Cultural Mosque serves as the headquarters of Chinese Muslim Youth League. It also houses the Taiwan Halal Integrity Development Association.
The five-story building of Taipei Cultural Mosque is a combination of Islamic traditional culture and modern architecture. Now the building has become the hub for religious and cultural activities for Muslims in Taiwan. The building also provides dormitories for Muslim travelers and foreign missionaries to stay.
Taipei Cultural Mosque is accessible within walking distance South from Taipower Building Station of the Taipei Metro.