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Wednesday, July 25, 2012
At least six new mosques open or under way in Oklahoma
(Ahlul Bayt News Agency) – Such is the
case with the 7,000-square-foot mosque that opened in the spring at 420 E
Lindsey in Norman. The Islamic Society of Norman recently held a
community open house at the mosque. Friday, the mosque began hosting
prayers and fellowship gatherings for Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of
Farid Elyazgi, the society’s spokesman,
said he and other mosque leaders have anticipated the nightly Ramadan
gatherings because it will be the first time the holiday has been
celebrated in the new facility.
Elyazgi said about 95 percent of the
$950,000 cost to build the mosque came from within the Norman Islamic
community. Muslims in other parts of the metro and state, and even other
states, contributed as well.
Imad Enchassi is president and imam of the
Islamic Society of Greater Oklahoma City, one of the largest Muslim
congregations in the state. He said the Norman Muslim community, like
others of its kind, started out small but has experienced enough growth
over the years to warrant upgraded or new worship facilities. Other
congregations are following suit.
“Every single mosque is expanding,” Enchassi said. “There’s a lot of growth and progress.”
Enchassi said there are plans to
build a new mosque or add on to the current mosque at 525 N University
near the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond. He said leaders of a mosque
near the campus of Oklahoma State University recently built a new
multipurpose building and are raising funds for a new mosque. Also, he said, leaders of a mosque at 1322 NE 23 are in the process of relocating to another property that will better accommodate their faith community’s growth.
Enchassi said Islamic faith communities in other parts of the state also are responding to growth. He said a new mosque was recently completed in Ardmore and a new mosque will soon open in Lawton, the second one in that city.
Enchassi said the mosque expansion efforts
are obvious indicators of a thriving Muslim population in the state. He
said there are an estimated 30,000 Muslims in Oklahoma and although
they make up less than 1 percent of the state’s population, they add to
their communities in many ways, including establishing thriving
businesses and being industrious professionals in their career fields.