Saturday, July 21, 2012

Mosque/Post office opens in Plymouth, Minnesota

I do not think this would be allowed within church property, and as has been asked, is this even legal?

From July 8 by Renee Tessman

New Islamic Community Center opens in Plymouth
PLYMOUTH, Minn. - Muslim families in the west metro suburbs now have a new place of worship.

They celebrated the grand opening of the NorthWest Islamic Community Center in Plymouth on Saturday.

Nausheena Hussain said, "It's really exciting to see the community come out and support it and it's not just for Muslims. There are a lot of neighbors here, a lot of our interfaith partners, so it's really, really just an exciting time for us."

Always worry when you hear the phrase interfaith dialogue/partners, bridge-building or multicultural tolerance.

Hussain felt Saturday's celebration was important because last year, she said, "we were fighting to get this establishment put up."

Despite some neighborhood opposition, the Plymouth City Council gave its approval to the center last August.

Mateen Ali, a Northwest Islamic Community Center board member said, "Overall the support was really great but there were a few people they did not understand what we were doing so we had to explain to them that we live here this is part of our community I live 3 miles from here I grew up here went to school here my kids go to school here so we needed a place of our own."

So now Plymouth has its own mosque in a former post office building at 3300 Plymouth Boulevard. The center will also have rooms available for rent to the community for those who may want to use the space.

(...)The Northwest Islamic Community Center is also leasing back some space to the post office so the branch can stay open.

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